Biwako Ramen House

Biwako is advertised as a ramen house, but I find their non-ramen Japanese dishes—donburi, okonomiyaki, and takoyaki—to be their strongest suit. The restaurant, which is pricey, is across the street from The Japan Foundation inside a plain, very humble below-ground space.

If you've come for the ramen (€8), go for the spicy miso-base, which is flavorful and not too spicy. One of Biwako's best dishes is the karagee (€6): a juicy and tender chicken thigh hides beneath a crispy crust. I also enjoyed the seafood okonomiyaki (€5), a savory pancake interspersed with squid, octopus, noodles, and drizzled with paper-thin bonito flakes (a vegetable option is also available). They also serve katsudon (€8), a popular Japanese rice bow topped with breaded pork and a fried egg. The only letdown was the stale and spongy dorayaki, a Japanese dessert made from red-bean paste.