Miyoshi—formally Hakata Nagahama Ramen Miyoshi (博多長浜らーめん みよし)—is a bright light, both figurative and literal, that welcomes hungry passersby from lunchtime until sunrise the next morning on Kiyamachi-dōri, Kyoto’s mid-tier nightlife district for those whose wallets and connections are not sufficient for the rarefied settings one block over in Pontochō. The open shop front and friendly faces peeking through the noren from inside give the feeling that the sidewalk is merely an extension of the shop. Since you’re already halfway in, might as well sidle up to the bar and place an order for the shop’s cheap, no frills and very slurpable tonkotsu.
The main bar is elevated, and while being up under cover does feel like you’ve been fully enveloped by the greasy, grimy, shoebox sized shop, the sounds of the street and fragrance of the willow lined Takase River running beside it are just over your shoulder. The shop is completely comfortable and in rhythm with its neighborhood.
Brian MacDuckston has more photos and background about Miyoshi over on Ramen Adventures. I think we’re in agreement that the fare is as simple as it is satisfying. The noodles and their unpretentious setting make for a memorable combination in the midst of a city of spectacles. I plan to stumble in again the next time I’m around.
RamenDB profile: http://ramendb.supleks.jp/s/5372.html