Okinawa’s only niboshi ramen specialty restaurant, Love Men, was super good!

Located along Route 330 in Aichi, Ginowan City, Love Men opened in 2018 and is the only restaurant in Okinawa Prefecture that specializes in niboshi ramen. I’d heard that the ramen made with plenty of niboshi from all over the country, including katakuchi, urume, aji, and ago, was excellent, so I went to try it! There are quite a few restaurants that serve pork and seafood based tsukemen, but this was my first time to try niboshi ramen. I went there to see what it would taste like.

Love Men is located along Route 330, one of the main arteries of Okinawa, along with Route 58. When I got out of the car in the parking lot, I could smell the thick smell of dried niboshi even through my mask. My heart raced with anticipation. The entrance is located on the right side of the signboard below. The entrance to the restaurant is a little difficult to find.

the signboard

As soon as I entered the restaurant, there was a ticket machine.

a ticket machine

The first thing I did was to order the Lovemen’s standard back fat niboshi ramen. I was looking forward to seeing what a ramen specializing in niboshi would taste like.

back fat niboshi ramen

This is the back fat niboshi ramen (large). This ramen is made from five to eight kinds of niboshi (dried sardines), including katakuchi, urume, horse mackerel, and ago, combined with a thick soy sauce. I took a sip of the soup first. The rich seafood broth flavor and soy sauce taste filled my mouth. Just by taking a sip, I could tell that this was pretty good. The thick, umami-rich soup was matched with extra-thick, hand-pulled noodles. The thick, hand-pulled noodles are a perfect match for the rich flavor of the soup. Although the soup was full of back fat, it was not greasy and adds depth to the rich flavor. This was a pretty good ramen! Although it was made with soy sauce sauce, it does not taste like soy sauce ramen, and I felt that it was a part of the niboshi ramen genre.

I wanted to try niboshi ramen again, so I went back another day to try it. That day, I ordered the “Special Niboshi Ramen”! At Love Men, if you enter the restaurant before 3:00 noon on weekdays, you can get “Nibo Meshi”, flavored egg, large bowl of noodles, or fried rice as a free gift. On this day, I ordered the fried rice as well.

Special Niboshi Ramen and fried rice

This is the “Special Niboshi Ramen” and fried rice. You can choose between soy sauce and salt flavors, so I chose the soy sauce flavor. I immediately took a sip of the soup. The name “special thick soup! was not lost on me at all, the soup was quite rich in flavor. This was seriously a special thick soup! I think they use quite a lot of dried niboshi. Not only the umami and aroma of the dried niboshi, but also the miscellaneous flavors and acrid taste of the dried niboshi have been sparingly extracted to create a soup with an outstanding impact. It was so thick that those who prefer a lighter taste cannot finish it. It is a flavor that you will want to eat again and again.

About Love Men

The ramen is made with five to eight kinds of dried sardines, horse mackerel, urume, saury, tai, and agou, depending on the season. Niboshi ramen has a completely different flavor from pork ramen, soy sauce ramen, or miso ramen. I think this is a new genre of ramen. Love men is my go-to ramen store for ramen lovers with a rich taste!

  • Address: Zip
    904-0022 Aichi 1-2-16, Ginowan city, Okinawa
  • Open 11:00~21:30
  • Telephone: 098-975-7793
  • Closed: Thursday
  • Parking: There is a parking lot in front and beside the store.
  • Price: 750 yen ~ 1,000 yen

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