“What makes it interesting is that we can offer a delicious meal starting from just a few bucks. Highly priced meals are supposed to be great, but our goal is to create an amazing experience for just a fistful of yen”.
These words - pronounced by Tomita Osamu, a ramen chef whose restaurant has been awarded for four consecutive years as the best Ramen in Japan - perfectly epitomize the meaning of ramen, that is to say an inexpensive and daily dish, almost always consumed quickly, in a bunch of minutes, yet deeply satisfying, in which every nuance of taste is perfectly balanced to offer a delicious meal, which can be enjoyed regularly, not just every now and then.
While sushi and tempura - not even mentioning the kaiseki cuisine - may be loved as well, they are far too sophisticated and pricey to compare with ramen, which is one of the main staples of many Japanese every single day.
This combination of quality and affordability, makes those who worship ramen travel all over the country to find and taste the best, testing how much flavour can be expressed in just one bowl.