Eating out Tokyo: Ichiran Ramen

Ichiran tokyo

I didn’t have very much time to venture out to eat lots and enjoy Tokyo while travelling for work – but this bowl of ramen at Ichiran was one of the highlights of meals I’ve had. A thick, super rich pork broth with perfectly cooked al dente noodles, I choose white onions garnish and garlic with the spiciest option. I sat and slurped my noodles loudly à la Tampopo one of my favourite food films and finished fairly quickly. Everyone is given a cubicle and you don’t even see the service staff, your bowl of piping hot soup noodles miraculously appears infront of you within minutes once you’re seated. Ichiran ramen is a chain store, but it seems like so many people, including locals swear by how good it is.

They use the vending machine format here – and of course if you don’t read any Japanese, it’s abit of an adventure. The Kanji characters are derived from Mandarin so I could have blindly made my way through it – but fortunately I also had a Japanese friend doing the legwork.

So, the logistics of getting your seat in a cubicle (numbers below) Green light indicates vacant so you can enter to take your seat at the specific allocated number. They also do take away box sets which if I had the luggage space would have taken my parents some.

ichiran ramen

The best part? Craving noodles to slurp in the cold Tokyo winter? This place is open 24 hours!!

1 Chome-22-7 Jinnan, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

Tel: +81 3-3463-3667

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