Good to be back here. Business school and travel have taken over my life these past few months. People from back home have been visiting and it’s just been a blast touring them all over Japan. This could be work if they paid me! But it was a lot of fun.
Being a ramen fan, I am always on the lookout for my next bowl. I was with my girlfriend’s dad and brother when we stumbled upon Kyoto Gogyo (https://www.ramendining-gogyo.com/kyoto-menu), just off a turn from Nishiki Market. Having talked to people there, Gogyo is owned by the same company that holds Ippudo, another fantastic ramen chain.
Gogyo’s specialty is their Burnt Miso ramen. They have an English menu where they will show a “special” and a regular. In addition, they also have a free upsize on the servings which was truly awesome. We opted for the Burnt Miso in regular (which meant fewer toppings) and an upsize. We were expecting fewer toppings but when it came in a large black bowl, we were surprised at how adequate they were. But the upsize was so big so beware if you are not that hungry. The Japanese hate wasted food. It was topped with nori, 2 thick slices of chashu, salted egg, and squid. The highlight here was the really, really thick and black soup. It oozed with umami and the thickness meant that cholesterol levels were going to shoot up immediately upon taste. I could literally taste that the soup was burnt but in a salty, umami-ish kind if way. It was sort of sweet at the beginning and then it was all umami after that. The chashu slices were really tender and complemented the broth well. ¥890 that was well spent.
The ambience of the place was surprisingly fantastic as well. When I entered the place, it felt more like a hotel lounge than a ramen place. It had subdued lighting and the seats were comfortable and wide. It could even easily pass for a romantic ramen date or something. The place also has a bar in sight for the thirsty ones.
I highly recommend this place if you want a different kind of ramen experience from the usual shio and tonkotsu ramen variants that are abundant in Japan. Gogyo has them as well, but you have to try the Burnt Miso one. It is worth it.