This month’s dinner with the girls was their treat for my birthday, and I chose Tenkaippin, one of my favorite ramen places. (Actually, my first choice was Pasta Basta, but there was a last minute change of plans when we found out they closed down!
Kotteri ramen lovers on Oahu flock to Tenkaippin on Kapahulu Avenue for a taste of their famous kotteri ramen. This legendary ramen chain from Japan is a favorite pick of my brother’s (who, by the way, has a PhD in ramen-ology; check out his blog). The soup is rich with primarily chicken and other complex flavors and it is so thick that it’s almost to the consistency of gravy. The toppings are simple: charsu, green onions and memma (flavored bamboo shoots) because the main character in this bowl is the soup.
I got the B Set ($9.95) which combines a bowl of their best-selling Kotteri Ramen and 3 pieces of Gyoza. OOOOOHHH MAN that was good.
My friend also got the B Set ($10.15) with 3 pieces Gyoza but she chose Paitan Ramen for hers. The Paitan Ramen has a flavorful milky white broth with a hint of sesame.
They’re always very crowded with locals and Japanese alike so don’t be surprised if you have to wait for a table. I promise it’s worth the wait.
PRICE RANGE: Click here to view the menu
MY BILL: N/A
RETURNING?: Of course!
617 Kapahulu Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96815
Fri, Sat 11:00a-11:00p