RAMEN FOR DAYS./
CHEF ROMÀ GOMEZ CORTADA IS A SELF-CONFESSED JAPANOPHILE + A TRUE RAMEN CONNOISSEUR./ HE UNDERSTANDS THE INTRICACIES OF THE SEEMINGLY-SIMPLE, POPULAR JAPANESE DISH - FROM THE BROTH, TO THE NOODLES, TO THE TOPPINGS, THERE'S A WHOLE LEVEL OF DETAIL TO GET YOUR HEAD AROUND./
ALTHOUGH HIS DAILY LIFE INVOLVES WORKING IN A 'NON-RAMEN-RELATED' RESTAURANT, ROMÀ SPREADS HIS KNOWLEDGE + SHARES HIS LOVE FOR RAMEN THROUGH HIS INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT @ikigairamen. /
F1FTY ASKED ROMÀ TO SHARE HIS UNIQUE TAKE ON BARCELONA, BY OFFERING HIS TOP TIPS FOR RAMEN PLACES IN + AROUND THE CITY...
"It's the most famous ramen shop in Barcelona + probably in Spain. It's a tiny shop + has a really long waiting time (about 1 or 2 hours), but it is also THE ramen shop - a place where a chef devoted to ramen, Hiro, strives to make the best ramen possible respecting all the processes, with a broth cooked for more than 15 hours."
"This place is not so famous but it has one of my favourite miso ramen of all time. The place is managed by Terry + his wife - it's homely, with separated tables so you can feel comfortable with your group. Every time I go I feel at home, + enjoy really good bowls + good conversation with the chef."
"A bit far away from the centre of Barcelona, Kobuta Ramen i Mès specialises in Tonkotsu gyokai ramen, which means a pork broth with fish flavours. Their broth is a thick one with an intense flavour + import their noodles directly from Tokyo. It's the most unique style in Barcelona."
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