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Five Ramen Recommendations Around Nagoya Station

2016.11.17

Writer name : KAMIOKA

Around the Chubu region's largest railway terminal, Nagoya Station, there are many great ramen shops that serve food just as good as "Nagoyameshi" (Nagoya regional dishes). Here are five popular restaurants suitable for everyone from the trend conscious to the ramen connoisseur.

1. Ichibamboshi Meieki Branch

This is a restaurant where you can eat the tonkotsu ramen from Kumamoto. The popular tonkotsu ramen is a reasonable 670 JPY (incl. tax) per bowl. The noodles are specially ordered thin noodles and it is distinguished by its rich soup that has no odor and is lighter than it looks. There are also other ramen such as tonkotsu miso ramen (670 JPY, incl. tax) and egg drop ramen (750 JPY, incl. tax). Although all soups are tonkotsu based, they are light so even those who usually don't like tonkotsu ramen should enjoy them. During the lunch hours (11:00 am - 2:00 pm), you get either rice, extra noodles, or a flavored egg as a service.


1. Ichibamboshi Meieki Branch


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2. Torisoba Sou

This restaurant is famous for its "torisoba" chicken noodles that is in the restaurant name. The noodles are distinguished by the white, cloudy soup that, like tonkotsu soup, is thick, rich, and smooth, yet has a gentle, appealing flavor. The restaurant is a bit of a hole in the wall in an area full of bars called Daimon Yokocho. The restaurant closes when it runs out of soup, so if you plan to visit, we recommend going early in the evening.

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2. Torisoba Sou

3. Kounan Yanagibashi Main Branch

This is a Chinese restaurant near Nagoya Station popular for its ramen and gyoza dumplings. In an environment where more and more restaurants are adopting intricate soups, the orthodox soup made from pork and chicken bones with a hint of soy sauce is a reliably tasty flavor befitting a longstanding establishment. We highly recommend supplementing the ramen with the gyoza dumplings, which are almost as popular as the ramen. They are served on a castiron griddle so you can enjoy the crispy skin while the gyoza is steaming hot.

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3. Kounan Yanagibashi Main Branch


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4. Shinya

This is a ramen shop popular for its Kiwami Tantanmen (800 JPY) noodles distinguished by the white soup. The viscous soup that brings out the fragrance and sweetness of sesame is creamy and soft. Drops of the spicy sesame oil, ra-yu, will be floating on the soup, but it is not overly spicy so if it is not enough for you, you can add the special spicy flavoring available on the table. A topping of miso-tasted minced meat is a good accent, too. Although dandan noodles generally have a spicy kick, Shinya keeps theirs mild by perfectly balancing sesame and the spicy flavoring.

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4. Shinya


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5. Marusho International Center Branch

This is a Hakata ramen shop popular for its thick tonkotsu soup. The thin noodles distinctive of Hakata ramen are perfect for mopping up the thick, creamy soup. It doesn't have the distinctive odor of tonkotsu ramen, so you might end up finishing it before you know it. If you want more, you can ask for another serving of noodles. There is no large in Hakata ramen, and instead, you order an extra serving of noodles called "kaedama". You'll want to place your order shortly before you finish the first batch of noodles. You can pick how well you want the noodles cooked each time. If you are a novice, we recommend ordering them either normal or slightly firm. "Bari-kata" means that the noodles are cooked less than a minute, and has the firmness preferred by Hakata ramen aficionados. How about starting with the regular, and trying out the bari-kata for the kaedama?



5. Marusho International Center Branch


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Ramen is often enjoyed as a meal in Japan, but it's also common to "close with ramen" after a night of drinking! Give it a try.

*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.

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