In Preparation for my coming Trip to Japan this year (the annual Foodie Pilgrimage), i was working on my To-do-list and the Ramen restaurants i need to visit while staying in Tokyo. i decided it would be a great opportunity to write a post about this and edit a list of the Top 5 Ramen to try in Tokyo these days.
Whether it is your first time in Tokyo or if you are a regular of this Amazing city, this list should help you identify the best of the best when it comes to Ramen. 5 Must-try to fill your belly and put a smile on your foodie’s face. Itadakimasu!
1. Afuri – Yuzu Shio Ramen:
Who are they: The restaurant AFURI is named after the Mount Afuri, a mythic 1252 metre-high mountain on the east edge of the Tanzawa mountains in Kanagawa prefecture. The restaurant is a must-visit for all the Ramen lovers doing a pilgrimage in the Foodie Capital. They serve an unmissable, unique citrus-based Ramen worth queuing for.
What to order: The Yuzu Shio Ramen (¥980). The Ramen at Afuri is different from a Ramen you would get elsewhere. Their signature Ramen is based on a fresh chicken & dashi broth enhanced with a splash of yuzu, a small yellow citrus native to Asia. This combination creates a unique, clean, lighter and delicate flavour. In addition to that the Yuzu Shio Ramen Ramen is topped with your usual garnish and an amazing Grilled Chashu, cooked over charcoal.
Where to find them: AFURI has Restaurants all over Tokyo: Ebisu, Harajuku, Nakameguro, Azabujuban, Roppongi, Shinjuku
2. Tsuta – Shoyu Soba (Black Truffle Ramen):
Who are they: Japanese soba noodles TSUTA is Japan’s first Michelin starred Ramen Restaurant (2016 edition). The Master Chef Onishi Yuki opened Japanese Soba Noodles Tsuta in Sugamo in January 2012. The name is originated from his thought, “Ramen is the noodles of which Japan can boast to the world.”
Considering that Tokyo has over 20,000 Ramen shops; Being the first Ramen restaurant to be awarded a Michelin star says a lot about the quality of the Ramen at Tsuta. As you would imagine, It can be hard to secure a seat at Tsuta so i recommend you this great Guide on how to eat at Tsuya
What to order: The Shoyu Soba special menu (¥1250); Also known as Black Truffle Ramen. This soy based Ramen is made with the chef’s signature black truffle oil. An original combination which has allowed TSUTA to make history in regards to Japanese gastronomy.
In addition to that, this menu is served with extra pieces of delicious Chashu pork. The uniqueness of this Ramen is an unmissable experience. It will uplift your expectation to a whole new level when it comes to Ramen.
Where to find them: 1 Chome-14-1 Sugamo, Toshima, Tokyo 170-0002, Japan
3. Ramen Jiro – Buta-Iri Dai Ramen :
Who are they: Ramen Jiro is a cult when it comes to Ramen Restaurant in Tokyo. It is one of the most popular Ramen chain in Japan and is certainly not for the faint-hearted. They serve an heavy and addictive portion of a really “Rich” Ramen. If the taste is not as subtle and original as TSUTA or AFURI, it will certainly please the glutton within you.
What to order: Buta-Iri Dai Ramen (¥750) aka Large Ramen with extra pork. It is a Huge portion. If you are on a Diet or have health concern i would recommend you to avoid Ramen Jiro; If not prepare yourself for a feast. The Buta-Iri Dai Ramen has an extra rich pork bone broth with a lot of delicious and creamy Abura (Fat). It is served with thick noodles and a large portion of toppings and meat.
Where to find them: Ramen Jiro is not hard to spot, they have restaurants located all around Tokyo. You can visit Ramen Tokyo’s website for a full list of the locations and more information about the restaurant etiquette.
4. Nakiryu – Tantanmen :
Who are they: Nakiryu is the second Ramen restaurant to earn a Michelin Star in Japan (2017 edition). The chef Kazumasa Saito, has created the surprise with his unique Tantanmen and his delightful triple base broth made of Chicken, beef and oyster.
Located near Otsuka Station, it is one of Tokyo’s most prized Gem when it comes to Ramen.
What to order: The Tantanmen (¥800) is Nakiryu’s most recommend Ramen. The recipe is inspired by the Sichuanese DanDan noodles. The spicy orange broth of the Tantanmen is a Flavour-Bomb full of complexity and Umami. The hand-made noodles and ground pork are tantalizing as well. If like Anthony Bourdain you are Hungry for more, Nakiryu’s Tantamen will certainly fill the void. Eating this Ramen is an experience like no other that you must absolutely try once in your life.
Where to find them: 〒170-0005 Tokyo, Toshima, Minamiotsuka, 2 Chome−34−4, ＳＫＹ南大塚
5. Mutekiya Ramen – Tyasyumen:
Who are they: Mutekiya Ramen is a famous Ramen shop located in Ikebukuro. Their restaurant is my favorite place when i want to overdose on Chashu. They have received the award for the top ranking restaurant in Toshima-ku (the Tokyo Metropolitan Area) from the Restaurant Excellence Certification Division of TripAdvisor.
What to order: The Tyasyumen (¥1150) is the specialty of the house. A Chashu heaven for the pork addict. Probably one of the best serving of Chashu in Tokyo; It is really hard to find a meat as tender and delicious as the one they serve at Mutekiya Ramen. The broth is delicious as well, a must try!
Where to find them: 1 Chome-17-1 Minamiikebukuro, 豊島区 Tokyo 171-0022, Japan