Kyushu is where tonkotsu (pork bone) ramen originated, but there are many restaurants in Tokyo as well where you can taste genuine tonkotsu ramen. Here are 5 tasty tonkotsu ramen restaurants in Tokyo you should consider.
1. Shibaraku Nihonbashi Branch
Shibaraku is a restaurant from Fukuoka serving authentic tonkotsu ramen, the most popular kind of Hakata ramen. Tonkotsu ramen is characterized by its milky white broth and straight thin noodles. Their specialty menu is the orthodox ramen (ichiban)(650 JPY), though the lunch sets, such as ramen with mentaiko rice (850 JPY), are also recommended. Mentaiko is spiced cod roe, and it is also a Hakata specialty. which is You can customize your ramen as you like, with free toppings such as ground sesame, red pickled ginger, and yuzu citron pepper. The restaurant has a chic atmosphere and serves a wide variety of shochu, so you can enjoy your ramen while drinking liquor and relaxing. It is close from Tokyo City Air Terminal which is connected to both Haneda and Narita Airports by a limousine bus, so it's a great place to stop by both at the beginning or end of your trip.
2. Tatsunoya Shinjuku Otakibashi-Dori Branch
Tatsunoya is a restaurant from Kurume in Fukuoka, a city that is said to be the birthplace of tonkotsu ramen. This branch is about 10 minutes away from Shinjuku Station. The Tonkotsu Kokuaji (780 JPY) is a tonkotsu ramen that attracts customers with just the right amount of spiciness; as you eat, homemade spicy miso melts in the broth. You can get extra toppings like spicy bean sprouts and spicy baby leaf mustard. This branch's limited menu, tsukemen motsu (780 JPY), is popular. Tsukemen is a type of ramen in which you dip the noodles into the soup, and this dish is topped with grilled motsu (giblets). Why not try it on your second visit?
3. Ramenya Ippo
Ramenya Ippo is an extremely popular restaurant located in the residential area a 15-minute walk from Hamadayama Station on Keio Inokashira line. Tonkotsu ramen made by the owner, who served an apprenticeship in a French restaurant, mixes durum semolina flour in the noodles. This ramen is known for its in its rich yet light broth. This restaurant is recommended for those who would like to try a different kind of tonkotsu ramen, or who think they do not like tonkotsu ramen.
4. Hakata Nagahama Ramen Botan Otsuka Branch
One of the characteristics of Nagahama tonkotsu ramen is that the broth is a little brown in color, as opposed to the milky white of Hakata ramen. This restaurant's ramen is Nagahama-style, and you can enjoy rich tonkotsu ramen here. Their ramen (650 JPY) is basic, but you can enjoy customizing it to your liking thanks to the free toppings available, from standards like red pickled ginger, spicy leaf mustard, and ground sesame, to fish powder and garlic. Kaedama (a second serving of noodles) is reasonable priced at 100 JPY.
5. Hakata Ramen Barikote
This restaurant is a 10 minute walk from JR Nakano Station. The word "barikote" means "very rich" in the Hakata dialect, and it lives up to its name. For all of its dishes, including the Hakata ramen (650 JPY), you can choose the firmness of the noodles among 5 levels, from the hardest "nama" to the softest "yawa," which is achieved by boiling the noodles for the longest time. The recommended level is "bari kata," which is a tad on the hard side. The kaedama (120 JPY) can be ordered from half to a full serving. Motodashi, soup that's meant to be mixed with the remainder of your broth, is prepared so you don't have to worry about your broth being diluted by the kaedama. They also have a variety of snack dishes, like chicken skin with ponzu (citrus soy sauce) (300 JPY) and spicy cod roe potato (300 JPY).
These are ramen restaurants where you can enjoy an authentic tonkotsu taste while in Tokyo. Please 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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