This ramen restaurant specializes in JIRO-inspired style ramen. JIRO ramen is oily and cloudy broth, thick noodles, heaped with vegetables (mostly bean sprouts and a little bit cabbage), and topped with minced garlic and thickly sliced pork.
An unique ordering system of JIRO ramen is that you can request customizations at two different times.
Let's buy a meal ticket at the entrance! I had Standard Ramen 小盛 800 yen.
This ticketing machine accepts coins and 1000 yen bills. You can't use 5000 or 10000 yen bills. You should check your cash before going to the restaurant, because the staff members are too busy cooking to make change.
Small 小盛 Komori 160g 800 yen It has standard quantity. This name is small though.
Regular 普通 240g Futsuu 850 yen
Large 大盛 360g Oomori 950 yen
Spicy Ramen It is standard ramen with spicy broth.
Small 辛小盛 Kara-Komori 160g 850 yen
Regular 辛普通 Kara-Futsuu 240g 900 yen
Large 辛大盛 360g Kara-Oomori 1000 yen
Sauce Ramen It is used thick sauce instead of ramen broth.
まぜそば Mazesoba 950 yen
Dipping Ramen Noodles and dipping broth are served separately.
つけ麺 Tsukemen 1000 yen This is available at 17:30 - 19:00 on Tuesday and Saturday only.
Chili Oil ラー油 Ra-yu 100 yen
Onion たまねぎ Tamanegi 50 yen
Raw Egg 生たまご Namatamago 50 yen
5-Quail Eggs うずら5個 Uzura 100 yen
Dried Fish Powder 魚粉 Gyofun 50 yen
Additional Pork 豚増し Butamashi 200 yen
Canned Beer with bite to eat 缶ビールおつまみ付き Kan-biru 350 yen
This ramen restaurant has some recommendations about portion size.
Ramen portions are available in …
Small 小盛 160g 800 yen
Regular 普通 240g 850 yen
Large 大盛 360g 950 yen
On your first visit, It might be best to try the small size 小盛, because the small portion at this restaurant has 160g of noodles, which is slightly larger than / about the same size as a typical regular size portion at other ramen restaurants.
Their regular / large size may be too large for your first time.
つけ麺は火・金・土 17:30 - 19:00の販売です。 Dipping Ramen is available at 17:30 - 19:00 on Tuesday and Saturday only.
豚増しの券はお一人様一枚でお願い致します。 The ticket of additional pork topping is 1 ticket at maximum for 1 person.
こちらから座ってお待ちください These inside seats are the head of the waiting line. 店員がご案内しますので、お待ちください。 Please wait for a while in the line. The staff beyond the counter will guide you to an empty seat.
When you have a seat
I will tell you the customizations for Standard Ramen and Spicy Ramen below. This blog doesn't describe the customizations for the other types of ramen.
Customization-1 This customization is free of charge. When you hand the meal ticket to the staff or put it on the counter at your seat, you can tell the staff your favorite customizations for noodles from the below, if you like.
Soft やわらかめ Yawarakame
Normal 普通 Futsuu
Firm かため Katame
If you have no request, you can say Normal 普通 Futsuu. When you say nothing, Normal is chosen.
* If you want to decease fat (oil), you should order at this time.
Less Fat (Oil) アブラ少なめ Abura-sukuname
Customization-2 This toppings are free of charge. After the approximately 15 minutes required for your food to cook, the staff will ask you in Japanese about toppings before they bring the ramen. As they may not speak English, it would be advisable to pay attention when the time approaches.
Extra Garlic ニンニク増し Ninniku-mashi Less Garlic にんにく少なめ Ninniku-sukuname
Extra Vegetables ヤサイ増し Yasai-mashi Less Vegetables ヤサイ少なめ Yasai-sukuname
Extra Fat アブラ増し Abura-mashi *Less Fat can be ordered at Customization-1.
Thicker Broth カラメ Karame
If you are new to eat original JIRO / JIRO-inspired style ramen, no customization would be best for you.
You can just order All-Normal 全部普通 Zenbu-Futsuu at the customaization-1 and 2.
Another example: I will take Extra Garlic and Extra Vegetables, please. ニンニク増し、ヤサイ増しで。 Ninniku-Mashi, Yasai-Mashi de.
Not leaving too many leftovers is part of the special etiquette of original JIRO style / JIRO-inspired style ramen restaurants , so please only order an amount that fits your appetite.
To be honest, I ordered Small Ramen with Extra Garlic, Extra Vegetables and Extra Fat in the photos above. But I shouldn't have ordered Extra Fat. I ate all of the noodles, vegetables and garlic but I gave up eating some pork and drinking broth because the fat topping and the ramen broth were too oily for me. I got really full and a bit unpleasant. I'm sorry to make some leftover.
I recommend you order Small Ramen with Less Fat.
Less Fat アブラ少なめ Abura-sukuname by the time you order Customization-1
However, if you are young and really like oily junk food, maybe you can eat up everything!
お水はセルフサービスとなっております。 Water is free of charge and self-service.
食べ終わりました食器類はカウンターの上へ戻していただきますようよろしくお願い致します。 When you finish your meal, please return your empty bowl and glass above the counter.
If you like, add some spices such as white pepper, chili pepper and sauce, which are available for free on the table.
お客様へ 自転車はお店の前か歩道に停めてください！ マンション内には絶対停めないでください
Do not use the bicycle-parking space at the residence next to the restaurant! Park a bicycle at the sidewalk in front of the restaurant.
Ramen restaurant name MENYA OTORI 麺屋 鳳 （おおとり）
Business hours Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 17:00 - 21:00 Sunday 11:30 - 16:00 Monday and Thursday are regularly closed. The restaurant is often irregularly closed. Please check out their Twitter (in Japanese).