Tokyo is no doubt a city of hundreds of thousands of restaurants, and oftentimes it feels like half of them are offering the same dish – ramen. Albeit all ramen shops have their own uniqueness and flavors, that’s why we keep coming back for more.
Where To Eat Ramen?
Japan is sought after for its fast food, which serves different comfort food from the mouth watering chukka soba to meat mixtures and healthier options such as Hakata-style tonkatsu.
Best Ramen Restaurants in Tokyo
Along with a wide array of selection of dishes, Takano is the best place for those noodle-lovers out there. Their basic chukka soba is a good starting point for newbies; along with a combination of Akita-free range chicken together with dried sardines or niboshi.
2. Yamaguchi in Takadanobaba
Situated in the busy student district of Takadanobaba, this ramen shop offers soup broth, which has a chicken taste but also reminds me of a shark’s fin soup broth taste. My girlfriend prefers this place more than me; however, Yamaguchi is definitely a must try as it’s listed in the 2015 Michelin Guide.
3. Hayama in Shinjuku
This must try ramen shop is ranked number nine in Japan. The specialty in this restaurant is their chewy and curly noodles, which are hand made by the chef himself. Apart from that, the fish based soups are made from healthy natural ingredients.
My girlfriend and I can’t say enough great things about this famous ramen shop in Tokyo. Their specialty is a red sea bream seafood broth made to perfection. Stacked with tasty pork, seaweed, egg and spinach, their bowl of ramen is simply amazing. With very limited seating you’d better get there early and wait in queue starting at 11:00am.
5. Menya Hanabi Shinjuku Shop
This is the top must try ramen shop in Tokyo. Both its trademark and tsukemen dipping noodles are simple yet amazing – with portions of the pork that will melt in your mouth. Menya Hanabi is famous for the long queues and it’s dry noodles with egg yolk and onions.
6. Motenshi Kuroki in Kanda
We love this ramen shop as their recipes are a secret, but upon a closer taste test of the soup, which can easily distinguish the unique taste of six different salts and 3 types of Miso blend.
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7. Tsuta in Sugano
This is considered as the top 1 in Japan selected by Ramen Walker. We definitely like their soups, which offer great balance along with in-house noodles. Their specialty, Shoyu soba comes with several types of soy sauce, at the same time truffle oil based on the broth of clams, chickens, and potherbs. Their ramen will cost you at least $10 which is money well spent.
8. Ginza Kagari
If you are in search for the creamiest and richest Ramen in town, Ginza Kagari is your must try ramen shops in Tokyo. This place keeps up with the modern image of Ginza by making use of classy seasonal toppings. You can substitute your usual pork with juicy slices of chicken instead and ours came with scrumptious bamboo shoots, sprouts and greens. Naturally simple and delicious without the oily aftertaste.
9. Afuri in Ebisu
It seems like Afuri has been around the block and back but the long lineups outside of their backstreets of Ebisu still remain strong as ever. When my girlfriend feels like having “healthier” ramen we opt to choose this ramen joint. Their trademark is definitely their yuzu ramen with a lower fat content and their seasonal vegetarian ramen made of fresh vegetables from the Kamakura area is sure to please the health conscious side of us.
10. Konjiki Hototogisu
Another one of the must try ramen shops in Shinjuku Tokyo is Konjiki Hototogisu. Their noodles are cooked perfectly and the inevitable wait is well worth it for their pork and light chicken broths. Watching the chef cook is no doubt an education in itself.
It is said that there are tons of restaurants in Tokyo. Whatever the fact of that is, I would wager a third of them seem like ramen ones.