Do you love Ramen? How many kinds of Ramen have you tried in Japan?
Most common flavours of Ramen dish is Shoyu (soya sauce), Tonkotsu (pork broth), Sio (salt) and Miso, and broths are commonly made with chicken, pork or fish base. If you have already tried it with all flavours, how about going for something very different now? Tokyo has thousands of Ramen restaurants and some of them offer very creative and unique Ramen dishes.
Today, I’d like to share 7 Ramen restaurants which take their prides to create unique but very original Ramen dishes. Let’s check them out 😉
1. MENSHO TOKYO
MENSHO TOKYO is a Ramen restaurant located near Tokyo Dome, serving unique and creative Ramen and Tsukemen dishes with lamb based broth soup. The soup is blended to a perfect combination of lamb and pork stocks, which give the rich, mild but aromatic flavour. The bowl of Ramen is topped with slices of Chashu lamb and pork.
The Sapporo based Ramen restaurant, Ebisoba Ichigen (えびそば一幻) has currently two branches in Tokyo, one in Shinjuku and another near Tokyo Station (Yaesu Chikagai). The shop’s signature is Ramen dishe made with shrimp broth soup. The broth is made with concentrated shrimp stock cooked everyday freshly from numerous sweet shrimp heads, and has full body aromatic flavour. Shrimp Ramens are available with three different soup bases: Soya Sauce, Salt or Miso, and the soup can be blended with Tonkotsu soup (pork broth) if you like. The dish is topped with pickled ginger and crunchy tempura flakes in a red bowl topped with juicy and aromatic sliced pork belly and boiled egg.
Mugi to Olive (むぎとオリーブ) is a cozy cafe style Ramen restaurant located in the competitive Ramen districts, Ginza area, and it has managed to become one of the busiest Ramen restaurants in the neighborhood. The restaurant was introduced by Michelin Guide Tokyo 2015 as one of Bib Gourmand restaurants in Tokyo. The signature dish at Mugi to Olive is Hamaguri Soba, which is made with broth from Asian Hard Clam (Hamaguri) in soya sauce based soup and topped with clams, a few slices of chicken chashu, and it’s recommended to eat with olive oil.
Another unique Ramen restaurant from Ginza area, Ginza Kamo Soba Kyudaime Keisuke (銀座 鴨そば 九代目けいすけ) offers flavou-rich duck based stock Ramen. Two types of Ramen are available either with light or rich soup both topped with slices of roasted duck. Besides the typical Ramen, other dishes are also served with duck such as Tsuke Soba (dipping noodle), Abura Soba (soup-less oil noodle) and Kamoju (rice topped with slices of duck).
Ayu Ramen (鮎ラーメン) is a Ramen shop located in Futakotamagawa area in Tokyo, offering unique bowls of Ramen dish with sweetfish (ayu) based broth and topped with one whole fish itself. The simple yet dynamic Ramen dish is extremely popular and the restaurant is always crowded as there are only 7 seats available. It’s salt base soup with thin noodles and has light, delicate, yet aromatic flavour of sweetfish.
Cheese, Miso and Tonkotsu soup Ramen.. can you imagine how it tastes? Tsukumo Ramen (九十九ラーメン)’s signature, Cheese Ramen is served with miso soup with Tonkotsu broth and topped with a generous amount of long aging cheese from Hokkaido. It seems a crazy combination, but surprisingly a good match. Cheese Ramen is also available with tomato flavour, which is described as “Ramen Margarita” with rich and mild cheese topped with sour and refreshing taste of Tomato and basil.
How about combining our two favourite dishes, Ramen and Pizza?? Crazy ideas always work! ajito ism (アジトイズム) is an unique Ramen restaurant serving Italian themed Ramen dishes. Their signature, Pizza Soba is a soup-less noodle served with vegetable based tomato sauce, cheese, salami, vegetables and some spices. The creative Pizza Soba brings you a whole new Ramen experience!
Hours: 11:00〜14:00/17:30〜20:00 (Mon to Fri), 11:00～14:00 (Holiday), Closed on Sat and Sun
Which Ramen dish would you dare to try?? If you are a Ramen lover and looking for new Ramen experiences, try these unique Ramen dishes in Tokyo! These restaurants are all located in the central area of Tokyo, and easy to access!
For more info about popular Ramen restaurants in Tokyo, please check out listed articles below!