I’ve always loved Japanese food, but found it hard to find very authentic restaurants with good quality ingredients and dishes. One night, while browsing places on FourSquare – and saving the ones I like, something I do often and recommend you do too! – I saw “Ramen” (A japanese noodle dish, delish!) was trending in Amsterdam and decided to take a look at places that served Ramen.
If you are not familiar with Ramen and all you ever have in a japanese restaurant is sushi, let me tell you right now that it’s one of the most delicious and comforting dishes you can eat! And by the way, at Hakata Senpachi they don’t serve sushi, like ever.
Unfortunately they only serve the best-ramen-ever during the weekends, from 12:00 to 3:00pm. So I recommend you arrive on time, and take the menu. This is the best ramen in town! Sidenote: they import their noodles from Japan and everything!
Karash mentaiko (Cold spicy codfish eggs) in the starters, Yakitori chicken hearts, Hiya-yakko (for tofu fans and vegetarians), Nasu-Dengaku (eggplant with homemade miso sauce on top), Wakadori-Karaage (Japanese style deep fried chicken), Guy (grilled beef on a stick), Gyu-Tan (Quail eggs! Coming from Brazil, I naturally love these!), and Tomato Bacon (Tomatos wrapped in Bacon!).
Well, mostly you should order a bunch of things that will be shared with on your table. They have a huge menu and it can make it a bit confusing for first-timers. Their Yakitori (grilled meat on sticks) is great and I recommend you order it in bunches otherwise you will wait a long time if you order one by one, since they go fast. Other foods include rice balls, noodle dishes, and miso soups.
If you want to drink some sake I hear the Sho-Une is pretty good, or the Hakutaka, which you drink from a small wooden cup! For a japanese beer, try the Kirin Ichiban Shibori, which is super popular in Japan or the draft beer. Don’t forget to finish off your meal with green tea or black sesame ice cream.
The place is pretty authentic and all the staff is japanese and you can hear them speaking japanese to each other, which makes you feel like you’re in Japan! A lot of the costumers are also japanese so that’s another plus, since that’s how you know an asian restaurant is actually good. They have a bookshelf full of Manga, some action figures, and over-all super japanese style decor.
The restaurant is a bit far from the center of Amsterdam, in the south. But you can get there fast using the Tram.
Wielingenstraat 16-HS, Zuid, Rivierenbuurt
+31 20 6625823 / hakatasenpachi.com