Shibuya is a neighborhood in Tokyo populated by young people. There are many kinds of ramen restaurants in Shibuya, so it's a flavor battleground. Here are 5 recommended ramen restaurants you should definitely try if you find yourself in Shibuya.
1. Iekei Ramen Samurai Shibuya Branch
This restaurant offers authentic Yokohama home-style ramen made with a tonkotsu soy sauce soup made with chicken and pork bone broth, thick noodles, and topped with vegetables. The toppings are simple, but they support the deep flavors of the soup. You can customize the ramen (650 JPY (incl. tax)) to your liking by specifying the hardness of the noodles, how much soy sauce you'd like, etc. This is a restaurant for people that want to try Yokohama home-style ramen.
2. Ichiran Shibuya Spainzaka Branch
This restaurant is popular thanks to their natural tonkotsu (pork bone) soup that doesn't smell, thin yet chewy noodles, and red fermented sauce made with ingredients like chili peppers. This is a tonkotsu ramen specialty restaurant from Kyushu that has 60 branches throughout Japan and has also extended internationally. It stands out because of its special ordering system and the environment you eat in. After you buy a ticket, you mark off on an order paper how rich you want the flavor, how much garlic, how hard you want the noodles, and other preferences. Ichiran is made so that you can concentrate on the flavors, so each seat is like a tiny booth where there are walls to both sides and in front of you so you can eat without caring about other people looking at you. It's a popular restaurant with women.
*Ticket machine has English
*English, Chinese, and Korean order sheets available
3. Tonkotsu Ramen Hakata Furyu Shibuya Branch
This restaurant has a wide variety of tonkotsu ramen flavors that you can enjoy, from the regular tonkotsu ramen (580 JPY (incl. tax)) which has whitish soup, thin noodles, and topped with cloud ear mushrooms to their Kuro Mayu Tonkotsu Ramen (630 JPY (incl. tax)) made with a charred oil from onion and garlic as well as the Karamiso Tonkotsu Ramen (680 JPY (incl. tax)) made with spicy miso. It's close to Shibuya Mark City, so it's very convenient to get to, and extra servings of noodles called kaedama are free the first two times! There are also sets with Hakata mentaiko (spiced cod roe) rice, so this restaurant is great if you want to eat a lot.
*English and Chinese menus available
4. Tou Soba Shibuya Nichome Branch
This ramen restaurant is a branch near Shibuya Hikarie from a long-established shop in Kitakyushu, the main city for tonkotsu ramen. It was popular with locals, but after the Tokyo branch was established, the Kitakyushu branch closed and now it's said that this shop offers a genuine flavor that you can only have in Tokyo. Even though tonkotsu is usually very rich, this soup is refreshing enough that you'll drink it to the last drop. Their famous slightly thick, straight noodles have a slight sweetness to them, so this ramen may be a little different from your image of tonkotsu ramen. The aftertaste is also refreshing, so this ramen is great to close out the night after dinner. This place is recommended for people that don't like the smell of tonkotsu ramen or hard noodles.
5. Tenka Ippin Shibuya Branch
This restaurant is originally from Kansai, and its famous Chuka Soba Kotteri (720 JPY (incl. tax)), which has a unique rich soup made with a base from chicken and vegetable broth, has plenty of fans. The thick soup and the noodles that pick it up perfectly is addicting. Other than ramen, they have a full Japanese-style Chinese menu including chahan fried rice and gyoza dumplings. This is a restaurant that people who like rich ramen should check out at least once.
*English, Chinese, and Korean menus available
It might be hard to pick which one to visit, but please enjoy the delicious ramen that awaits you no matter which one you go to!
*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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