The 6 Most Delicious Ramen Bowls in Ginza
Slurp to your heart's content with these most delicious (and slurpable) ramen bowls in Ginza.
Ginza is one of the busiest districts in Tokyo, and features a lot of good eats, especially ramen – one of the nation’s favorite things to eat. After a busy day of shopping or business in Ginza, why not drop by one of these ramen shops and slurp your tiredness away?
Tori Paitan Soba @ Kagari
Kagara is widely known as the one of the best ramen shops in the city. Although relatively new, the queue in this little ramen shop can take up to an hour. Even with their second branch – more of a counter, really – inside the Ginza Station, there is still a wait. (Yes, Kagari is THAT good.)
The tori-paitan soba features delicate noodles in an intensely-flavored, creamy hot chicken broth, topped with chicken breast and vegetables. Or, you can opt for the same flavors, but with thicker chilled noodles and heavier soup for dipping, or the tori-paitan tsuke-soba.
Don’t forget to try their yaki-gohan, or grilled rice balls. Sadly, they’re only available at the main branch.
Kagari is located at at 4-4-1, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo. Hours: 11:00-15:30, 17:00-22:30, Mondays to Fridays. Saturdays until 21:00. Closed on Sundays. Price Range: Lunch - Below￥1000; Dinner - Below￥1000
Burnt Miso Ramen @ Gogyo
It’s hard to imagine anything that is burnt would taste good, but at Gogyo, their bestselling bowl is the burnt miso ramen.
The burnt miso ramen features a dark brown soup with a layer of black specks on top. Surprisingly, the soup is smooth and has rich, deep flavor and not bitter at all. The noodles are flat, thin and chewy, topped with succulent pieces of pork, fish cake, cabbage, and a poached egg.
There are other burnt ramen options as well, such as burnt soy sauce ramen.
If you come at lunch time, they feature set meals with a bowl of ramen, and a side dish such as gyoza or fried rice.
Gogyo is located at the 7F Ginza Velvia Kan, 2-4-6, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo. Hours: 11:30-15:30, 17:30-23:00, Mondays to Wednesdays. Up to 02:00 on Thursdays to Saturdays. Up to 22:00 on Sundays.
Noukou Tsukumen @ Oborozuki
Oborozuki is more of a stall than a restaurant, really, as this establishment only features seven counter seats.
While Oboruzuki serves all kinds of tsukemen – noodles served with a heavy soup for dipping - the star of the show here is clearly their Noukou Tsukemen. Imagine a bowl of chewy, al dente tsukemen noodles, thick pieces of chashu pork, and fresh vegetables on top, and a heavy, flavorful seafood broth for dipping. Slurping heaven!
Oborozuki is located at 6-3-5, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo. Hours: 11:30-15:30, 17:30-22:00, Mondays to Fridays, holidays. 11:30-15:30, 17:00-21:00, Saturdays. Closed on Sundays. Price Range: Lunch -￥999, Dinner - ￥999
Tonkotsu Ramen @ Kyushu Jangara
Kyushu Jangara is arguably one of the best ramen shops in Tokyo. It is good enough to become part of the in-flight menu of Japan Arilines.
From miso ramen to spicy ramen and tsukemen, Jangara offers a wide variety of noodles, and you get to choose the “fattiness” level as well. (Which is a good thing for those watching their weight or health.) But what really steals the show on the Kyushu Jangara menu is the Tonkotsu Ramen.
The Tonkotsu ramen at Kyushu Jangara features thin, firm noodles in a creamy, pork bone broth. Topped with big, thick pieces of braised pork belly (instead of the usual thin slices of chashu pork), bamboo shoots, mentaiko (cod roe) and a poached egg, this delectable bowl will surely hit the spot.
Kyushu Jangara is located at 6-12-17, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo. Hours: 10:45-03:00, Mondays to Fridays. 10:45-23:00, Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays.
Hamaguri Clam Ramen @ Mugi to Olive
Mugi to Olive may be run by a French chef, but it’s one of the highest ranking ramen restaurants in Japan. The pièce de résistance here is the Hamaguri Clam Ramen.
The flavorful soup combines three different broths: hard clams from Kunawa, niboshi or dried sardines, and chicken broth. Assembled with clams, chicken chashu, and seaweed, this is one of the best Hamaguri Clam Ramen bowls in Tokyo!
Another favorite at Mugi to Olive is the chicken only and soy sauce ramen. Flavors may be light and simple, but it’s definitely a great bowl of noodles that holds its own.
Mugi to Olive is located at Ginza Stella Building 1F, 6-12-12, Ginza Chuo-ku, Tokyo. Hours: 11:30-22:00, Mondays to Fridays. 11:30-21:00, Saturdays and holidays. Closed on Sundays. Price Range: Lunch -￥800 to ￥1280, Dinner -￥800 to ￥1280
Wafu Ramen @ Menya Hyottoko
Menya Hyottoko’s specialty is Wafu ramen. Wafu broth consists of chicken and fish bone, cooked together for hours and hours. Upon entering this tiny ramen shop, and you smell that mouthwatering scent permeating everywhere, that is probably the Wafu broth being cooked. It is then poured in a bowl with springy handmade noodles, and topped with slices of chashu pork, spring onions and bamboo shoots.
They also make a good Shio ramen with yuzu, a citrus fruit. It’s a favorite among Hyottoko’s female and elderly customers as a light and healthy option.
Menya Hyottoko is located at Tokyo Koutsu Kaikan B1F, 2-10-1, Yurakucho Chiyoda-ku Tokyo. Hours: 11:00-14:30, 15:30-20:00, Mondays to Fridays. 11:00-14:30, 15:30-19:00 on Saturdays. Closed on Sundays. Price Range: Lunch -￥999, Dinner -￥999
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