Ramen restaurant Koku kitchen can be found on the cobblestone-paved street Carabassa in the Gòtic quarters, the oldest neighbourhood in Barcelona.
Over two years ago three guys Ross and Mark from Ireland, together with Swedish chef Bobby decided to open a ramen restaurant, after seeing the Japanese food trend explode around the world.
Fast they became the to-go-place for every soul craving a bowl of steaming ramen. Today we can probably call them one of pioneers within the ramen scene of Barcelona.
The locale and ambiance of Koku kitchen is casual. The decoration is modern with wooden tables, marble bar and the menu is written down on a big chalkboard on the wall.
On the menu we can find five different ramen; miso, soya, spicy, vegetarian and spicy vegetarian.
On my visit with a friend we opted for the lunch menu and of course we shared our dishes. We tried for starter a mixed salad with sesame dressing. For mains we ordered miso and spicy vegetarian ramen.
Both of us agreed on that the spicy vegetarian had more flavour and more delicious toppings. It was more up our alley.
If you want to pimp your ramen Koku kitchen offers extra toppings from 0,50 -3€. They use organic wheat flour for the noodles, but there´s the possibility to have rice noodles if gluten intolerant.
For dessert we shared a banoffee cake with banana, dulce de leche and cream, crazy tasty and so filling (well it might have something to do with the big bowls of ramen we downed before as well..) and we actually overheard other costumers going absolutely bonkers over the dessert.
** Last spring the guys behind Koku kitchen opened a restaurant specialised in buns in the area Born called Koku kitchen Bun. Just recently they opened the down stairs for their costumers to savour their ramen as well.
More Japanese restaurants to check out in Barcelona (listed in no special order): Ukai, 99 shushi bar, Robata sushi & grill, Akashi sushi bar & gallery, The Tatami room, La Cuina de l´Uribou, Kak Koy, Carlota Akaneya, Nakashita, Grasshopper ramen bar
Carrer d´en Carabassa 19, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
13.00h – 16.00h and 19.30h – 23.30h
Starter 4,70- 7,90€, Main 8,70-8,90€, Dessert 3,90-4,50€.
Set lunch menu Monday to Friday, Ramen with a starter or dessert + drink 11,50€
+34 93 315 64 11