This was our 2nd ramen that we had in Japan. The first was the famous Ichiran and we found Keika as we were looking for something to eat late at night when we were in the area. The place was reasonably busy during the late hours that we thought, well, this can't be bad! ahahha.
The waitress spoke chinese and very very little english. She gave us an english menu which was helpful and directed us to order at the vending machine by the door. The machine takes only 1,000 yen bill but the waitress would be gladly to change your money for you to use the machine to order (and pay).
The food came out FAST! A big bowl of ramen, looked good... unfortunately, I thought it looked better than it tasted... The soup was just "salty" and very one dimentional. It's lacking that Japanese "UMAMI" (combo, explosion of flavors). As I still remembered how I was very very impressed by Ichiran for the ramen (and I'm not a ramen lover usually), Keika ramen fell flat. The only good thing was that Keika ramen didn't seem to use a lot of MSG, unlike Ichiran.
The pork belly that came with my ramen was very good, though, and it has that "umami" flavor..and they are right about putting the fresh cabbage and it added sweetness and freshness to the ramen.
Unfortunately, this ramen is only so so and comparable to the ones in the US (not that great!), Ichiran won, sorry!
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