Roppongi is a place that is famous among foreigners. It is also home to a wide array of ramen shops, from those that are known for the particular flavor in their ramen up to those where you can drink alcohol with your bowl of noodles. Here are five recommended ramen shops that you must try when you get a chance to visit Roppongi.
1. Men-shou Taketora Roppongi Branch
The shop’s name Taketora was decided because the owners want to present an atmosphere and power that is different from other restaurants. There are private rooms in this restaurant, so you can take your time and relax while enjoying your ramen. Here, the popular ramen is the Toradare Shoyu Ramen (820 JPY (incl. tax)), a soy sauce-based ramen that is eaten with a secret sauce. There are eight other unique ramen concoctions here, as well as four types of rice that you can eat together with your ramen. Further, there are six variants of tsukemen (cold noodles accompanied by soup for dipping), including the Gyokai Tonkotsu Tsukemen (820 JPY (incl. tax)) made with a fish and pork bone brother. They also have ala carte dishes like gyoza dumplings, deep-fried food, grilled dishes, side dishes, salads and desserts, with each dish embodying this shop’s particular taste. They also offer a wide range of drinks at reasonable prices, so you will surely be satisfied when you eat here.
Menu: Japanese, English and Chinese
Hall staff: Speaks Japanese, Chinese (depending on the day) and simple English
※Shown on the photo is the Gyokai Tonkotsu Ramen (820 JPY (incl. tax))
2. Kushitoro Roppongi Branch
Kushitoro is a kushiyaki izakaya (bar specializing in skewered food) in Roppongi where you can eat Aomori’s specialty ramen. There are apparently a lot of customers who go to Tokyo Midtown in time for lunch just to eat at this shop. It is famous for the Hachinohe Ramen (700 JPY (incl. tax)) with a traditional soup made from boiled dried fish and seasoned with soy sauce, as well as the Aomori Shijimi Ramen (800 JPY (incl. tax)) that comes with a lavish serving of Aomori’s very own freshwater clams. The ramen filled with shijimi extract has rich ornithine content, so it is also recommended as a dish to eat after drinking alcohol. Here, you can order kushiyaki that come in huge servings from 7:00 pm. Thanks to its master chef who hails from Aomori and its many regular customers, Kushitoro is a place where laughter never ends. It is open until 3:00 am.
※The above price is the price during lunch; the prices increase by 100 JPY after 7:00 pm
Menu: Japanese only
Hall staff: Speaks Japanese only
※Photo is for illustration purposes
3. Kourakuen Roppongi Branch
Kourakuen is a restaurant chain that specializes in ramen and has more than 500 branches all over Japan and shops overseas. Their Roppongi branch is very accessible as it is located near Roppongi Station. They have a wide array of ramen dishes that come in soy sauce, miso and salt flavors, such as the Assari Chuka Soba (421 JPY (incl. tax)), a simple ramen, as well as tsukemen. There are also low-priced set meals available. Gyoza (216 JPY (incl. tax)), one of their side dishes, is best paired with beer. Here, you can also order alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, and desserts such as vanilla ice cream (108 JPY (incl. tax)), so it offers guests a full menu that will not lose to family restaurants. With its rich menu and affordable prices, it’s really no wonder why this shop boasts of an enormous popularity. It is open 24 hours a day and accepts electronic money via smart cards and credit cards.
Menu: Menu has Japanese, English and Chinese translations
Hall staff: Speaks Japanese and Chinese, and simple English
※Shown on the photo is the Chashumen (637 JPY (incl. tax))
Tenhou is located along the street going to Tokyo Midtown, which is a 5-minute walk away from Roppongi Station. It is a branch of a famous ramen shop in Susukino, an area in Sapporo, a city considered to be the birthplace of Japanese ramen. At the time it opened, Tenhou used drums in making its soup, and today, the artwork depicting a black drum has become its mark. Their soy sauce-based ramen has been getting rave reviews, with their specialty Ichisango (750 JPY (incl. tax)) translating to "1-3-5," which stands for hard noodles, rich oil, and saltiness, all of which give it a very rich flavor. This ramen is best paired with rice. For those who are looking for an even more robust flavor, then the Menbari (750 JPY (incl. tax)) is recommended. It is so good that you would want to eat it every time. Rice is free during lunch.
Menu: Japanese only
Hall staff: Speaks Japanese only
※ Shown on the photo is the Ichisango (750 JPY (incl. tax))
5. Menya Musashi Koshou
Located just 1-2 minutes from Roppongi Station by foot, Menya Musashi Koshou is a ramen shop that pursues individuality while inheriting the style of the main branch of Menya Musashi. They serve ramen that has reproduced and enhanced the taste of ramen made by Seizan, the founding shop that does not exist anymore. The soup in their ramen is a fusion of a meat-based soup that is mainly made from chicken and pork bones and a seafood-based soup that is extracted from dried bonito and dried sardines. They offers such dishes as Ramen (900 JPY (incl. tax)), Koshou Ramen (1,120 JPY (incl. tax)), Tsukemen (900 JPY (incl. tax)) and Koshou Tsukemen (1,120 JPY (incl. tax)). This restaurant is getting high regard for its being particular and fussy about the ramen it serves since they challenge themselves to create innovative ramen with the help of the latest cooking techniques and tools.
Ticket vending machine: Japanese only
Hall staff: Speaks Japanese and simple English
※Shown on the photo is the Tsukemen (900 JPY (incl. tax))
Since numerous embassies are located in Roppongi, many tourists head to that neighborhood. If you find yourself nearby, you have to drop in at any of these famous ramen shops. The taste of their ramen that crosses any language barrier will be worth it!
*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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