Tokyo is the world’s undisputed ramen capital. Every restaurant tries its best to offer a bowl of ramen that’s unique and features top-notch ingredients, from the noodles to the toppings. This article will introduce you to 5 popular ramen restaurants you can find in the areas connected by the Chuo Line, from Tokyo Station all the way west to Takao Station!
1. SHICHISAI (Tokyo)
Shichisai’s trademark is their freshly-made noodles cut only after an order has been placed.
Their popular Kitakata Ramen (820 JPY (incl. tax)) has a double base broth made with soy sauce and dry sardines. The super fresh hand-cut curly noodles have a nice chewy texture, and as you slurp them you can feel the aroma of wheat spreading through your mouth, perfectly mingled with the rich soup.
Your mouth won’t stop watering!
The recommended Kitakata Ramen
While you’re waiting, don’t miss the cook cutting the noodles behind the counter!
2. SORANOIRO (Yotsuya)
Soranoiro is a very popular ramen restaurant that has been featured in all sorts of different media, along with its many dishes made in collaboration with other brands.
Their signature Veggie Soba (900 JPY (incl. tax)) uses vegetables in everything: soup, noodles, and toppings. It's the next step in healthy ramen!
If you’re a vegetarian, have a wheat allergy, or are simply watching your weight, don’t worry because for an additional 150 JPY, you can have brown rice noodles instead of the regular kind.
For the vegans out there, the restaurant offers the Vegan Veggie Soba (1,100 JPY (incl. tax)) which is totally free of animal-derived ingredients. With an additional 150 JPY, you can have this dish with rice noodles.
The stylish exterior resembles a cafe, attracting all kinds of patrons.
3. Fu-unji (Shinjuku)
This restaurant is the place to go to for tsukemen (dipping noodles) in Shinjuku, which explains why it often has lines of people waiting in front of its doors.
The richly flavored double base soup, specially prepared by the chef, is made with chicken and seafood. Though it looks heavy, the moment you slurp the noodles, you can taste the gentle flavor of seafood everywhere in your mouth.
The flagship Tsukemen (800 JPY (incl. tax)) is popular among ramen connoisseurs as well as tourists visiting Japan.
After you’re done with the noodles, you should definitely try the rest of the soup mixed with stock.
It’s so good, you’ll drink it all without realizing!
Delicious until the last drop!
4. Kojitsu (Higashi-Nakano)
You will feel right at home when you step into this ramen restaurant, which is located in a residential area 2 minutes away from Higashi-Nakano Station on foot.
Run by a friendly female chef, Kojitsu is a restaurant that is truly loved by the locals. Many families like to visit it.
The recommended dish here is the Ni-tamago Ramen (800 JPY (incl. tax)).
This light and rather simple shoyu (soy sauce) ramen entirely made with natural ingredients (and totally MSG-free!) will warm you up from the inside.
Mixing in the creamy yolk of the soft-boiled egg gives an exquisite touch to this already tasty ramen.
5. Harukiya (Ogikubo)
Harukiya is one of the most recognized restaurants when it comes to Ogikubo ramen, a type of ramen characterized by its fish stock based soup and considered by many to be the soul food of the Ogikubo area. Noodle enthusiasts both inside and outside of Tokyo come to Harukiya for a bowl of their famous shoyu ramen.
For more than 60 years, the restaurant has been improving the traditional taste of its ramen that everyone came to recognize and love.
The signature dish since Harukiya was first opened is the Chuka Soba (850 JPY (incl. tax)). This magnificent dish has a nostalgic heartwarming taste that will make you sigh in satisfaction.
The most popular and one of the most recommended dishes is the Wonton Noodles (1,250 JPY (incl. tax)). The soft and tender wonton dumplings lying on your spoon make for a lovely sight!
Every restaurant presented in this article is worth waiting in line for! Prepare to have one of the best bowls of ramen you’ve ever had!
*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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