One great test to determine if a restaurant and its dishes are truly superb is through the guests’ impression on his or her return visit. It is very common for a restaurant to receive raving reviews on the first engagement. But almost often, guest becomes disillusioned on their return because they realize that their ordered food – which they totally enjoyed during their pilot visit – was nothing but a fluke or a strike of luck. In Tagalog, tsamba!
But with my recent visit and return to Ramen Zundouya located at Shisaibashi in Osaka, I can definitely say that this joint serves the best ramen in the universe.
During my first visit (click: HERE to read my previous post), me and my family were easily led inside and was given a table with such a breeze. However, on our return, we already have to queue among the long line of patrons waiting for their turn to be assigned with a table. We were actually listed 13th among those who enlisted to dine that afternoon.
While waiting and drooling on line, my personal claim that this indeed is the best ramen house was actually an understatement. To prove a point, I in fact noticed one big poster on the wall announcing that they have mushroomed around Japan. To further prove my point, Ramen Zundouya’s flavor will soon invade America. It is because a Ramen Zundouya shop is due to open a branch along 10th Street in New York next year!
To check the consistency of this restaurant, I again ordered for the same dish I had during my first visit, the Zenbu-nose Ramen. When the bowl was served in front of me, I was absolutely surprised because the presentation and the arrangements of all ingredients placed in the massive porcelain was still impeccably beautiful.
And when I had my first sip of the broth/soup, nothing actually changed! Nothing changed because the world seemed to stop for a moment for me to savor the paradise-like flavor of Zenbu-nose Ramen. This matchless concoction was without a doubt an invigorating assault in all of the senses!
Walang kaduda-duda, ang tindi ng sarap!