5 Recommended Ramen Restaurants in Tokyo (Ebisu Edition)
Even within Tokyo, Ebisu is a serious ramen battlefield with many quality restaurants and various flavors that you can enjoy. Here are 5 recommended ramen restaurants in Ebisu that you should try.
AFURI is a popular restaurant that looks and feels like a cafe. They use natural water from Mt. Afuri in Kanagawa, domestic chicken, and seafood for a clear, flavorful soup that's characteristic of this restaurant. When you order, you can ask for "maroaji," made with more chicken oil than normal, so you can enjoy a slightly richer flavor. The noodles are thin and straight, and the char siu that's grilled over charcoal when you order it is exquisite. This ramen is made with plenty of attention to detail, so why not try it? The most popular dish is the Yuzu Shio Ramen (980 JPY (incl. tax)), which releases the aroma of yuzu citrus in your mouth as you eat.
*English menu available.
2. Ozeki Chuuka Soba Branch
Ozeki Chuuka Soba Branch makes a point of avoiding chemical seasonings in order to bring out the true flavor of the ingredients. The menu is broken up into four categories: Chuuka Soba (Chinese noodles), Niboshi Soba (soup made from dried sardines), Paitan Soba (soup with a chicken stock base), and Tsuke Soba (noodles that come with a dipping sauce). The recommended dish is the Niboshi Soba (780 JPY (incl. tax)). The soup is made with broth from three kinds of dried fish that's taken by soaking them in cold water then slowly adding heat to extract the flavor. The soup has a wonderful balance of flavor and aroma, and it goes well with the slippery noodles. The toppings like char siu and fermented bamboo shoots are also delicious.
*The photo is of Tsuke Soba Nami (830 JPY (incl. tax)).
3. Miharu Ebisu Branch
At Miharu, you can enjoy a rich seafood-based soup made without chemical seasonings. The rich soup is made from shavings of dried frigate tuna, Hidaka kombu kelp seaweed, dried Japanese anchovies, bonito flakes, and more. It is served in perfect harmony with the other ingredients like char siu. The main menu has offerings like Abura Soba (830 JPY (incl. tax)), Rich Seafood Ramen (830 JPY (incl. tax)), and Rich Seafood Tsukemen (830 JPY (incl. tax)), but the most popular is the Abura Aoba. Once the rich seafood sauce and the fat noodles are mixed well with the other ingredients like green onions and char siu, the flavor gets lighter and more refreshing, so that's a recommended style for people who aren't fond of rich flavors.
Tsunagi offers a rich, miso-based soup. Six different types of domestic miso are blended together with domestic garlic to create their special Tsunagu miso used in their meat-based broth for thick soup. Since they use lots of pork backfat, this restaurant is recommended for people who like very rich flavors. Other than the Miso Ramen (750 JPY (incl. tax)), there are other dishes like the Spicy Miso Ramen (880 JPY (incl. tax)), Miso Curry Ramen (880 JPY (incl. tax)), the Black Tantanmen (950 JPY (incl. tax)) made with black sesame miso, and more. This is a restaurant that's great to visit no matter how often you've been.
*Photo is of the Tuna Special Miso Ramen (980 JPY (incl. tax))
5. Sapporo Kamui Ebisu Branch
Sapporo Kamui is a restaurant that branched off of a main restaurant in Sapporo, one of the major ramen areas. This restaurant is a popular place for rich Sapporo ramen. The soup has lots of fat, so it doesn't cool down quickly and you can enjoy hot ramen until you finish eating. The soup comes in various flavors, including miso, spicy miso, rich miso, soy sauce, and salt, but if you want to try the real miso soup order the Rich Miso Ramen (880 JPY (incl. tax)). The medium-thick, curly noodles picks up the soup well, so people who love rich flavors won't be able to resist this ramen.
Ramen is a dish that comes really quickly after you order, so if you get hungry while you're sightseeing, it's great for a quick pick-me-up! If you're in the area, definitely stop by.
*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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