Kyouka | 鏡花
Style: Shoyu w/ Chicken and Niboshi
Bowl to Crush: Kiwami Shoyu Ramen | 極醤油ラーメン
Kyouka is regularly ranked among the best ramen shops in the large Tokyo suburb of Tachikawa. Shop master Keiichi Machida is an influential figure in the Tachikawa scene. He's a frequent guest lecturer at Shoku no Doujou, an area ramen school, and he was the driving creative force behind Tamayakata, a mini ramen theme park of sorts featuring four ramen shops packed into one small, local garage. Machida-san's finest work, however, can be found — and mealed — at Kyouka.
Kyouka's signature bowl is a high-quality shoyu ramen made from chicken, niboshi and 21 other ingredients. The soup is clear and dark, but it has a light, complex taste. The bowl comes topped with broad slices of glistening chashu, crunchy blocks of menma and a generous serving of fresh mitsuba. The mitsuba infuses the soup and counterbalances the deep shoyu flavors with a lively freshness.
Operating since 2000, Kyouka was among the first generation of shops to offer a new-school take on classic Tokyo shoyu ramen. High-quality shoyu shops using chicken and gourmet-grade toppings can be found across the city today, but Kyouka predates the trend.
The stylish shop interior is dimly lit and done mostly in wood. Each seat has a small adjustable spotlight that illuminates the bowl. Nice touch.
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 11:30am-3pm, 6pm-10pm; Sat, Sun & Holidays: 11:30am-10pm
Days Closed: None
2-12-20 Shibasakicho, Tachikawa-shi, Tokyo