Our Experience At Menbakaichidai, Kyoto’s Famous Fire Ramen

Prepare To Be Lit!

As most know, Ramen is a dish that can be found all over Japan. Unlike the packages that you can get at the grocery stores in the United States – ramen in Japan is quite fresh, savory, and amazing! Before arriving in Kyoto we had heard rumors of a ramen restaurant that gave their customers a unique experience while dining. When we first arrived at Menbakaichidai, we weren’t quite sure what to expect. We were asked if we wanted fire ramen, or regular ramen when we entered and of course we went with the fire ramen!

We were seated at the counter of the cozy establishment and told to put our belongings in the baskets below our seats. Miyazawa-San and his son Shin proceeded to be absolutely perfect hosts as they joked with us and began to put on a show while preparing our food.

Some safety tips:

  • If you have longer hair you will be asked to pull it back in a ponytail. Menbakaichidai provided us with complimentary hair bands.
  • Make sure you keep all parts of your body behind the counter as they are preparing your dish. We are playing with fire after all.
  • If you’d like to record your experience at Menbakaichidai have no fear! Miyazawa-San and Shin have created the perfect way to do so and you’ll never be more thankful for a selfie-stick.

When we finally had the opportunity to eat our dish, we were completely blown away. The combination of pork, green onion, noodle, and the broth had us feeling like we had gone to ramen heaven.  Needless to say, Fire Ramen is unlike any other ramen shops for the experience and the taste too!

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Fire Ramen!


Who Wore It Better?!

Who wore it better? Our experience at F

Think you’d like to try Menbakaichidai while in Kyoto? Here is some useful information:

  • At this time, they do not take reservations. Be sure to show up early if you’d like to ensure you get a seat at the counter!
  • Fire Ramen is not vegetarian, vegan, or Halal friendly. However, they do offer fried chicken (pork free) and fried rice (meat free).
  • Allergen Information: Egg, Wheat, Mackerel, Chicken, Pork
Menbakaichidai Menu

Hours:  Lunch: 11:30am-2:15pm, Dinner: 6:00pm-11:00pm, Closed Tuesdays
Address:  757-2, Minamiiseyacho, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto-Shi, Kyoto, 602-8153, Japan


If you’re looking for the perfect place to grab a bowl of ramen in Kyoto, this is your spot. Make sure to say hi to Shin for us when you go! 🙂

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  • Sam
    December 11, 2016 at 11:05 PM

    Would love to try fire ramen someday! Seems like a cool experience as well

    • kallsypage
      December 28, 2016 at 9:16 PM

      It really was! I hope you are able to try it someday. 🙂

  • Ticker Eats The World
    December 12, 2016 at 8:37 AM

    Such a cool post. I’m a huge foodie and love Japan and everything Japanese so this will come in really handy when I travel there. Love eating Ramen and Soba noodles and sushi and don’t think any trip to Japan is complete unless one tries these all. Fire ramen sounds very intriguing and can’t wait to try it.

    • kallsypage
      December 28, 2016 at 9:19 PM

      Thank you so much! When are you going? We are planning to return in 2018. The food is truly one of the best parts! We loved all of the street fare and of course the noodles, sushi, and so much more! Let us know what you think if you end up going. 🙂

      • Ticker Eats The World
        December 28, 2016 at 10:07 PM

        My little one is 3 and while we took him to Switzerland this summer and he loved it I think he’ll be ready for Japan in another two years and maybe we can add on the Disney there for him then. So yeah hopefully in 2018

  • Grant
    December 12, 2016 at 7:36 PM

    Kyoto seems like a fun place to visit! Would love to check out fire ramen someday too. Thanks for the recommendation.

    • kallsypage
      December 28, 2016 at 9:20 PM

      Kyoto was our favorite city that we visited in Japan! Fire Ramen was a huge perk of course. 🙂

  • I do what I want to
    December 13, 2016 at 4:15 AM

    It definitely looks like fun and tasty!

    • kallsypage
      December 28, 2016 at 9:21 PM

      It was incredibly yummy! 🙂

  • Lydia
    December 13, 2016 at 5:49 PM

    That looks like so much fun!! Definitely trying it out when I go to Japan!
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    • kallsypage
      December 28, 2016 at 9:21 PM

      Let us know what you think when you do!

  • Mr Mike
    December 13, 2016 at 9:46 PM

    Fire ramen sounds delicious! I love how little hole in the wall restaurants have the best food. I definitely think that Logan wore that hairband better haha.

    • kallsypage
      December 28, 2016 at 9:22 PM

      We also love hole in the wall places – they always make for an experience. I’d have to agree with you Mike! Logan’s hair is too priceless. 🙂

  • Hair to There (@hairtothereblog)
    December 14, 2016 at 7:29 AM

    OMG! Logan’s ponytail made me LOL!

    • kallsypage
      December 28, 2016 at 9:23 PM

      Still makes me LOL! He’s a goof! 😉

  • Nathan
    December 14, 2016 at 7:32 PM

    I’ve never seen anything like this– how cool. I would love to try it someday. It looks delicious.

    • kallsypage
      December 28, 2016 at 9:23 PM

      It was a very unique experience. 🙂 I hope you do get to try it!

  • 100cobbledroads
    December 16, 2016 at 11:24 AM

    Fire Ramen sounds as if it is really hot and spicy. The dish doesn’t look like that, though.

    • kallsypage
      December 28, 2016 at 9:23 PM

      It actually isn’t spicy at all! It’s only called fire ramen because it is lit on fire to cook. 🙂

  • Alexis
    December 16, 2016 at 5:22 PM

    Looks like fun and sounds delicious! I love Logan’s hairdo! LOL! You two are so adorable!

    • kallsypage
      December 28, 2016 at 9:25 PM

      It was such a fun experience! I told him he should wear his hair like that more often. 🙂 Thank you Alexis!

  • Sandy N Vyjay
    December 17, 2016 at 12:20 AM

    Ramen are everyone’s favourite. Seems like a cool and fun day. Japan seems to be a haven for foodies.

    • kallsypage
      December 28, 2016 at 9:27 PM

      Ramen is definitely delicious! You’re absolutely right about Japan being a haven for foodies. We walked nearly 25 miles a day and didn’t lose a pound while there! LOL. 🙂

  • Amy (Two Drifters)
    December 17, 2016 at 4:40 AM

    YUMMMMM!!!! You two are the cutest, love the napkin bibs. Just pinned this!

    • kallsypage
      December 28, 2016 at 9:27 PM

      Thank you Amy! We had a lot of laughs visiting here. 🙂

  • abcdefghizzy
    December 18, 2016 at 11:19 AM

    I always love hearing about new food spots. I was in Japan when I was 13 but I think it warrants a return visit, I just need to make sure that my wallet is well-equipped to handle all the dining out I’ll be doing! And to answer that who wore it better challenge… you guys both look the same! So adorable! It’s a tie!

    • kallsypage
      December 28, 2016 at 9:29 PM

      You definitely need to go back! We are heading back in 2018 because we loved it so much. Fortunately for your wallet the food isn’t too expensive – this restaurant was a little more than others we visited but worth it! Thanks for reading 🙂

  • Gypsycouple
    December 18, 2016 at 11:22 AM

    Looks very interesting but being vegetarian we would never go there on our own. Thanks for sharing.

  • familyinfarawayplaces
    December 18, 2016 at 8:50 PM

    I was wondering if we tried the ramen without fire. How does the taste compare?

    • kallsypage
      December 28, 2016 at 9:57 PM

      We didn’t try it without the fire but I would assume it would be the same! 🙂 More fun to enjoy the show though.