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  • “Prices are not high at all, €4,50 for the gyoza and ramen ranging from €9 to €10 so definitely worth the queue!” in 5 reviews

  • “I had the miso ramen and a side order of gyoza and what can I say, it was fantastic!” in 3 reviews

  • “but unfortunately the queue in front of the store is always sooooooooooooooooooooooo long figuratively speaking.. but it's so worth it!” in 3 reviews

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  • 5.0 star rating
    27/4/2014
    1 check-in here

    You just have to see it for yourself. This place has so many visitors. It is really popular, and for a good reason. On the opposite side of the street, you can see a row of people waiting outside hoping they can enter soon.

    This place is famous for it's Ramen, a Japanese noodle soup dish. I went for the TanTan soup. It was a soup with the noodles, sesame paste, hot spices and 'schwein' meat. I truly loved it and it gave me a good energy boost just before I had to be on the road for a few hours. Along with it I took a regular coke, Yasmin tea and chicken Teriyaki. You'll get a big bowl of soup for only 8 Euro's with very fresh ingredients.

    The staff serves your food really quickly and is very alert and friendly. Perfect opportunity to learn how to eat with chopsticks. You will need 'm. How else will you eat the noodles? With just your mouth (shlurp)? That would look really special. I love this place. I'll be sure to visit Naniwa again when we come back to D-dorf! Oh, come before noon! Sayonara Freunde.

  • 4.0 star rating
    14/5/2014

    For those (like me) who didn't know, there is a large Japanese community in Düsseldorf and Naniwa is in the Japanese area of the city where many Japanese companies have their German or European headquarters. There are also some minimarkets selling Japanese ingredients, a bakery and some other sushi and ramen restaurants.
    We picked Naniwa after reading some blogs that said this was the place for ramen. There's always a line to get a table (moving fast enough) and it might not seem worth it, especially on rainy days when the line outside makes you consider running to the first McDonalds you find, but once you're there you'll know it was worth the wait.
    The place is small so don't expect to be seated comfortably. We were at the bar, right in front of the action, where they prepare everything.
    I'm no expert but my Chashu Miso ramen was delicious, and perfect for the cold rainy day (free 'facial sauna' thanks to the boiling hot dish). Great thick broth and perfectly cut pork slices (no fat), the gyoza were also great and big, one bowl of ramen per person and an order of gyoza to share were enough for us.
    Prices are not high at all, €4,50 for the gyoza and ramen ranging from €9 to €10 so definitely worth the queue!

  • 5.0 star rating
    7/4/2014

    Naniwa is famous for their ramen and they are a must-visit on every visit to Dusseldorf. Friends have driven 2.5 hours just for that bowl of ramen, and it does not disappoint. Solidly good ramen! I'm already planning my next visit.

    Food: 5/5
    We had the Tokusei Shio and Tokusei Miso, the difference is in the soup base. A shio is a fine-salt soup base and is a clearer broth with a lighter taste. A miso is a soybean paste soup and is a richer broth in taste and clarity. These were both topped with chasu (pork).

    Soup and noodles are the most important ingredients in a ramen and Naniwa nailed both of them. The soup bases were delicious and not overly salty (which is a common problem); the noodles were perfect with just the right amount of al dente. The amazing feat is that even after sitting in my bowl for 10 minutes, they were still al dente and not mushy like most other noodles.

    My only disappointment was the chasu, I wished it was fattier but that might just be my American tastes kicking in. (MEAT! MOAR MEAT!)

    We also had a plate of gyoza - pretty standard. The filling was very tasty though sadly the wrapper could have used a bit more crispiness.

    Service: 4/5
    We arrived a little before 12pm and got lucky. Shortly afterwards, the lunch hour crowd started coming in and within 30 minutes, the place was packed. The service was efficient and pretty standard for European standards. The staff was Japanese and followed general Japanese restaurant manners - they greeted us when we entered and when we left.

    Atmosphere: 4/5
    There are 2 parts to the restaurant, one side has bar seats where you can watch the ramen being prepared. Overall, it was super cute and very "gezellig". You don't feel rushed but this also isn't the place for loitering. It is very clear that people are here to enjoy good food.

    Value: 5/5
    At less than 10 euros for a bowl, this is a pretty good deal. The ramen is delicious and on-par with several other famous ramen shops I've been to. You're not going to get better food that will fill you up for that price anywhere else.

  • 5.0 star rating
    28/4/2014
    1 check-in here

    This restaurant has a very good menu, the recipes are original and the food is tasty. The price is fair, no wonder there is a line at the door every day and with their organized staff the line moves really fast. I definitely recommend!

  • 5.0 star rating
    28/4/2014
    1 check-in here

    This place has very fast service. There is a long line outside but we were quickly seated. The food itself was delicious. Great noodles, the broth was excellent, and good prices.  I would highly recommend this place.

  • 5.0 star rating
    22/12/2013 Updated review
    5 check-ins here

    NaNiWa is almost an institution for everyone enjoying Japanese food.

    Lining up in front of the place is absolutely worth it. My experience is, that it newer takes longer than 20min, no matter how long the line is...

    Teigtaschen and Stamina are my favorites.
    Turkusei Turimisu rocks as well.

    The place is a "must go" if you enjoy Japanese noodle soups.

    5.0 star rating
    27/5/2012 Previous review
    Super! Eating there ones a week
    Bring some time for the queue, but it's absolutely worth it!
  • 5.0 star rating
    14/9/2013
    1 check-in here

    I know this is a popular spot and was my second attempt to eat here. The first time was on a cold winter evening. The queue was too long and the temperature too cold to stand so this time I tried for lunchtime and arrived just after opening time...no wait.

    Ordered the miso ramen with pork. The soup was excellent. The miso stock had a nice mealiness to it and was balanced but with a good up front flavour, not too salty and with hints of garlic and ginger, again not too heavy handed.

    Noodles were perfect in texture and taste.
    Portion size was good.
    The pork slices were also good but prefer a bit more melt in the mouth than the pork here. Nevertheless, this was up there with some of the best ramen I have tried.

    My lunch special came with a side salad of warm pork slices again (thicker cut) with beansprouts and kimchee.

    Price was reasonable. Not cheap but not too pricey since the quality was there.

  • 5.0 star rating
    16/2/2014 Updated review
    1 check-in here

    Came here again on a Saturday evening and the wait was very long- about 30 minutes outside in the cold. They don't take reservations or names in advance, but they did allow us to order while in line and brought the drinks and meals relatively promptly once we sat down. Ramen was more delicious than I remembered. Only downside of this restaurant is the long wait and the price, but still highly recommend this place.

    5.0 star rating
    1/12/2013 Previous review
    Great place for Ramen. I was forewarned that the wait would be long, but we got our seats relatively… Read more
  • 5.0 star rating
    30/12/2010
    Listed in itadakimasu!

    It was a very cold afternoon in Germany, my Uncle and Aunty bought me here for some of the best ramen in Europe. My family doesn't really speak any German but was somehow able to communicate with the servers. There was a line on a bench outside the restaurant to make it a little more pleasant in the cold the restaurant actually fitted a temporary vent below the bench to warm people's bottoms. It was quite comfortable, if I am in the cold like this I wouldn't mind seating on that bench all day.

    The restaurant has an open kitchen which is typical for all Japanese restaurants. The interior can can get very crowded since the restaurant is fairly small but very popular, but there's also option for private rooms.

    The servers at the restaurant is very friendly even with the part language barrier. They were specially friendly to my little baby cousins which also enjoyed their meals.

    We eventually got seated to a table and ordered. I got a Tokusei Miso it came in a super large bowl which was larger than any other bowl on the table. My brother got Stamnia. There was also panko prawns, and fried chicken pieces. Everything was really good and is probably few best Japanese meals I had.
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    + Pro: Private rooms available, friendly service.
    - Con: Small restaurant can be a little tight to move around.
    \( ^,^)/ Overall: Great ramen noodles and more!

  • 5.0 star rating
    26/5/2011

    Best. Ramen. EVER!

    That might seem like an exaggeration, and in fact, being able to find ramen in Germany at all seems strange, but this is indeed some good stuff. I had the miso ramen and a side order of gyoza and what can I say, it was fantastic! The prices are reasonable for the large portions you'll receive, too.

    As far as seating goes, yes, the inside is pretty small, so you'll likely wait outside to get a seat. (Yet, they take your order down while you are waiting outside, so you don't wait too long once seated before your food arrives.) Places to get ramen seem to be small no matter where you go (the last place I went was in Fountain Valley, CA, and it was just as tiny!)

    If you like ramen, don't think twice, GO!

  • 4.0 star rating
    22/3/2013

    great ramen place outside of Japan.  Lots of friends recommended me to go during my business visit.   it deserved the reputation.   price,, like others say, yes. but it is to do with exchange rate.   other ramen in the neighboorhood was the same price and compared to prices of other foods. seem to be with "fair" premium.

    • Qype User Dorami…
    • Eindhoven, The Netherlands
    • 1 friend
    • 6 reviews
    1.0 star rating
    29/5/2012

    Update:
    Today we went there again, just to give them another chance and this time the waitresses made our catering experience even worse. They were unbelievably rude with their arrogant behaviour towards non-Japanese people. And they charged us small cup of tap water of 1.50 EUR, how absurd! Outrage! Anyway, the food was good, but we couldn't stand arrogant and bitchy waitresses who made our dining extremely unpleasant. I strongly NOT recommend visiting this place. There are plenty of better places to dine in Düsseldorf.
    We went there several times with my Japanese friends, the food was very nice and delicious, but the service was awful and the way of talking of the staff was just plain rude. Will not return because of this reason. We don't only pay for food, but also for service. I love the Naniwa sushi place, the service is so much nicer and the sushi is just delicious.

  • 5.0 star rating
    15/10/2013

    I guess it's unnecessary to add another review saying that this place has the best ramen in Europe, but I'm gonna go ahead and do it anyway. So there.

  • 5.0 star rating
    17/4/2011

    I walked by this place a few times and there was always a line out the door.  Finally decided to try it and I'm very glad I did!  One of the best ramen places I've been to.  It easily stands up to the top ramen places in San Francisco.  The gyozas were also top notch!

  • 3.0 star rating
    16/9/2012

    This place is probably one of the most expensive ramen house that I had ever been too. Total of  two ramen ,two water and potstickers comes up about 50 ish USD . Anyways, I had soy sauce base pork soup ramen. The noodles wasnt so good, and eating ramen you got to have good noodles.

  • 5.0 star rating
    30/9/2012

    truly the best ramen i've had outside of japan.
    i recommend getting their tokusei shio ramen. the broth is full of pork bone flavor.
    plus, not too salty!

    pay a visit if u stop over at dusseldorf, it is quite close to the main train station.

    its gyoza is quite good too.
    the miso ramen was just okay.

  • 5.0 star rating
    25/3/2012

    I love Naniwa noodles and soups..
    but unfortunately the queue in front of the store is always sooooooooooooooooooooooo long figuratively speaking.. but it's so worth it!
    once you get in there order anything you want but listen, the food is awesome that's why you can see all the hungry people standing out there.. so just be a nice buddy and don't extend your stay there for too long,
    it's like an unspoken rule to get up from your table once you are done will all those delicious dishes..
    so that you can make your space for some other hungry folks! And don't forget to bring your receipt up to the front cashier.. I usually order the woton soup, ( hahaha I know it's a typical chinese dish and not Japanese) but seriously you can really order anything there, it's always good and I never ever got disappointed with any of those dishes they served! Go there and enjoy a super nice bowl of one of the best ramen in town!

    • Qype User Marie-…
    • Paris, France
    • 3 friends
    • 9 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    11/11/2008

    My favorite place to eat noodle soup in Düsseldorf. It is quite small, so you'd better reserve, even for a lunch during the week. This may be something of an inconvenience, since you end up pretty crammed, but the food is worth it.
    Starters are delicious, but I have to admit I misunderstood just how huge the soup was : I wasn't able to finish it. Actually, when you order a soup, you should think of it as a meal in itself
    Lots of Japanese people in there, which usually is a good proxy to evaluate the quality of a Japanese restaurant !

    • Qype User arsen…
    • Berlin, Germany
    • 3 friends
    • 23 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    13/1/2009

    From 1 (worst) to 5 (best)
    Food taste: 3 Good.
    Food variety: 3 Many.
    Price: 3 Acceptable
    Mobility: Easy by private and public transport.

    Recommendation and comment:
    I don't know if they take reservation. It seems waiting to be seated is an unique appetizer. You wait outside, but they provide warm blowing air in winter. I think it is kind of their marketing gimmick, using the eager eaters to attract more potentials.

    • Qype User mewtop…
    • Dublin, Republic of Ireland
    • 8 friends
    • 99 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    27/8/2009

    The regular queues outside say it all really, a delicious selection of ramen and other noodles - very authentic, very very memorable, nice interiors as well.

    • Qype User yumm…
    • Dusseldorf, Germany
    • 5 friends
    • 20 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    15/1/2009

    It's always nice to get warmed up with Japanese soup noodle Ramen. It's very tasty ;) Actually, Naniwa also has good appetizer to go with Japanese beers and Chinese type of rice menu like fried rice and typical Japanese ''don'' menu! Only the thing is it's normally very corwded during lunch and dinner time, so maybe it's better to go off the crowded time zones!

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