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【Tokyo】 5 Must-Try Ramen Shops in Meguro, Tokyo

This series of articles showcases the best ramen shops in each of the 23 wards of Tokyo. Below are five places in Meguro with exceptionally delicious ramen!

Men LABO Hiro: A Bowl of Condensed Flavors with Original LABO Oil

Men LABO Hiro serves up ramen with an impressive soup, which gets its intense flavor from their original LABO oil. This oil is made with extracts of various seafood, such as dried and smoked mackerel. The noodles that can be seen through the extremely clear soup are smooth and easy to eat. The LABO Tori Soba (chicken and buckwheat noodles) (1,200 JPY) uses soy sauce from Wakayama and Shimane. These are blended with the shop’s original soup – made with a blend of ingredients like sanma (saury) and niboshi (dried sardines) – to create something that leaves a strong impact from the very first sip.

■ Men LABO Hiro
Address: 2-51-5 Gohongi, Meguro-ku, Tokyo
Hours: 11:30 am – 3:00 pm (last order), 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm (last order at 8:30 pm) ※Shop closes when the soup runs out
Closed: Wednesdays
Seating capacity: 24 seats (12 table seats, 12 counter seats)

Men LABO Hiro

2-51-5 Gohongi, Meguro-ku, Tokyo

Yakumo: A Fusion of Tender Wonton and Golden Soup

The owner who established Yakumo used to work at Tantantei in Hamadayama. The ramen here has a well-rounded taste, thanks to the kombu (kelp), dried shrimp, and smoked mackerel that have been mixed into its meat-based soup. You won’t be able to get enough of their Shirodashi Tokusei Wonton Noodles (1,000 JPY) because of its soup, which is a perfectly balanced mixture of mildly sweet white soy sauce, aromatic seafood, and strong meat flavors. The three pieces of meat wonton and shrimp wonton are tender enough to make them go down smoothly.

■ Yakumo
Address: Ebiya Bldg. 1F, 3-6-15 Higashiyama, Meguro-ku, Tokyo
Hours: 11:30 am – 3:30 pm (last order), 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm (last order), and 11:30 am – 3:30 pm (last order) on Mondays
Closed: Tuesdays
Seating capacity: 12 seats (counter seats only)

Yakumo

Ebiya Bldg. 1F, 3-6-15 Higashiyama, Meguro-ku, Tokyo

Bigiya: Smooth Soy Sauce-Based Soup Filled with the Goodness of Local Chicken

The ramen here demonstrates the culinary skills of its owner, who went his own way after working as the manager of several restaurants like Setagaya Honten. The soup – created by blending the flavors of seafood like kelp sourced from Hidaka and Rausu with meat flavors like the bones and feet of Daisen chicken – is light and flavorful. The flavor in the rather mild soup of the Shoyu Ramen (750 JPY) is drawn out with Gotemba Amano soy sauce, which has a refreshing taste, and Kanro soy sauce, which has a robust taste. It also has a different texture, thanks to the two types of menma (fermented bamboo shoots) – tip and stem – added to it.

■ Bigiya
Address: 2-4-9 Takaban, Meguro-ku, Tokyo
Hours: 11:30 am – 2:45 pm (last order), 6:00 pm – 10:30 pm (last order), and 11:30 am – 10:30 pm (last order) on Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays ※Shop closes when the soup runs out
Closed: None
Seating capacity: 11 seats (7 counter seats, 4 table seats)

Bigiya

2-4-9 Takaban, Meguro-ku, Tokyo

Seika: Enjoy a Bowl of Ramen that is Filled with Japanese Flavors

Originally loved for its salty ramen that was served as a shime (last dish eaten in a course meal), this innovative Japanese restaurant eventually also became popular for its soy sauce-based ramen. Their light and refreshing soup is mainly made out of Daisen chicken. The Seika Ramen (soy sauce flavor) (972 JPY, price at night) perfectly combines thin noodles with a soup that’s made from a mixture of three types of soy sauce and kombu and katsuo-bushi (sliced dried bonito) broth. You can enjoy a variety of ingredients in this ramen, such as tender char siu (roasted pork fillet) that melts in your mouth.

■ Seika
Address: J121 Bldg. 1F, 1-21-4 Jiyugaoka, Meguro-ku, Tokyo
Hours: 11:30 am – 2:00 pm (last order), 6:00 pm – 11:30 pm (last order at 11:00 pm) ※You cannot make ramen-only orders at night
Closed: None
Seating capacity: 56 seats (8 counter seats, 48 table seats ※4 seats are on the terrace)

Seika

J121 Bldg. 1F, 1-21-4 Jiyugaoka, Meguro-ku, Tokyo

Senrigan: Voluminous and Extremely Emulsified

Even when compared to others, Senrigan stands out for its extremely emulsified soup. A secret soy sauce-based sauce is mixed into the soup – made by slow-cooking pork bones for a long time to extract the rich flavor and melt the fat – to enhance its taste. The Ramen (with extra vegetables and kara-age) (730 JPY + 180 JPY for additional 2 pieces of char siu) is a voluminous bowl with thickly-sliced char siu placed on top of 300g of ultra-thick noodles. All the toppings here are free, and that includes the kara-age that uses two types of chili, vegetables, garlic, and oil.

■ Senrigan
Address: Sato Bldg. 1F, 4-6-8 Komaba, Meguro-ku, Tokyo
Hours: 11:00 am – 2:30 pm (last order), 5:00 pm – 9:45 pm (last order)
Closed: None
Seating capacity: 12 seats (counter seats only)
Smoking: Non-smoking

Senrigan

Sato Bldg. 1F, 4-6-8 Komaba, Meguro-ku, Tokyo

[This article was originally published in Walkerplus on 03.23.2018]

*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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