You can always easily spot a ramen store on almost every street you go in Tokyo, but which one to choose? Which is the most popular? Is it really good? Fret no more. This list of best ramens along the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line is the perfect guide for you. Enjoy these mouth-watering ramens just conveniently with one train ride!
1. Naka-Meguro station - Mitsuyado Sei-men
Nakameguro is a nice, quaint neighborhood, home to some unique shops and cafes, and Mitsuyado Sei-men is one of them. Having several chains across Japan, this ramen store is well-known for its tsukemen (dipping noodles). All of its noodles are handmade in-house, served piping-hot and fresh. There is even a window at the corner for you to observe the entire noodle making process from scratch.
To enjoy tsukemen, simply dip the noodles into the savory pork and seafood sauce and slurp up it up quickly. The ramen served is also accompanied with other yummy ingredients such as eggs, pork and vegetables. Mitsuyado Sei-men’s noodles are served hot, normal or cold, and there are different variations of portions for you to choose. You can always opt for additional noodles, toppings and even cheese if you want something more. The restaurant not only serves ramen, they also have other foods like fried dumplings, rice and more. An English menu is available.
Address: 3-3-9 Kamimeguro, Meguro, Tokyo
Access: 3-mins walk from Exit 2 of Naka-Meguro station
2. Ebisu station - Tsunagi
Tsunagi, located close to Ebisu station, is the place to go for miso ramen. This store features thick and full ramen noodles, coupled with nice, thick, roasted pork back fat, bean sprouts, corn, and an ajitama - the presentation is simply so appetizing! Six different types of miso and a good mix of garlic is used to make the unique Tsunagi miso soup. The flavor is really rich, and you can add some sansho spices (similar to Sichuan-spiciness) for added punch. To balance the rich flavour of the miso soup, Tsunagi serves dark oolong tea instead of the usual cold iced water at most ramen joints.
Other than its original signature miso ramen, Tsunagi also has other variations of miso ramen such as miso curry ramen, black tantanmen (made with black sesame miso) and more. Look out for its limited edition ramen launched every month as well. And the best part of Tsunagi’s ramen is all of them are highly affordable!
Address: 1-4-1 Ebisu, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Access: 2-minute walk from Ebisu station
Burnt ramen, anyone?
Gogyo ramen is perhaps one of the most peculiar ramen ever. Though the ramen may look visually “unattractive” at first sight, it is actually very flavorful and tasty! In fact, Goryo’s burnt ramen is very highly sought-after by many ramen enthusiasts and is widely famous in the ramen scene.
The Kogashi Miso ramen and Kogashi Shoyu ramen are the top two picks. The ramen’s soup has bits of charred residue and is coated with a layer of black oil, giving off a fragrant, smoky aroma. However, it is actually very smooth when you savor it, leaving a little heavy feeling after that. As for the ramen noodles, they are thin and chewy, and the ramen is served with other usual ingredients like roasted pork, agitama, seaweed, and others. Gogyo’s burnt ramen just hits the spot and gets you more addicted upon every bite!
The Gogyo ramen at Roppongi has a rather cozy setting for people to enjoy ramen (unlike the usual ramen joints that may be a little cramped). Also, its prime location at Roppongi makes it a perfect place to drop by for a late night supper. Gentle caution to those trying Gogyo’s burnt ramen for the first time: As the burnt ramen soup can be rather “heated”, it is best to drink plenty of water and tea to prevent a sore throat.
Address: Rojiman Nichi-Azabu Bldg. 1F, 1-4-36 Nishi-Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Access: 10-minute’s walk from Roppongi station
Website: Gogyo Ramen
4. Hatchobori station - Shichisai
Located right next to Hatchobori station, Shichisai ramen is a unique ramen joint you have to visit. Shichisai prides itself for the fine craftsmanship of its ramen noodles - made entirely from scratch - everything from mixing the flour, rolling the dough and boiling the noodles. Also, the ramen chef only make and cook the noodles upon receiving the order from the customers.
A variety of different ramens are available, but the most popular item is ramen served with Shichisai’s special broth made from sardines, giving the soup a slight bitter yet flavorful taste. A generous amount of tender, juicy pork is served together with the chewy noodles, and the other usuals like ajitama, bamboo shoots and more. Simply amazing!
Shichisai is widely popular in the neighborhood, even among office workers in the area, so be prepared to expect some waiting time!
Address: 2-13-2 Hatchobori, Chuo-ku, Tokyo-to
Access: 10-minute’s walk from Hatchobori station
5. Kita-Senja station - Matador
At Matador, ramen is served the luxurious way. This is the spot you want to go in Kita-Senju, the last stop on the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line, for roast beef ramen. Their ramen is a real rare specialty that stands out from the rest. Thick slices of high quality roast beef is served, and you may be assured that the meat is succulent, flavorful and simply divine. The sweetness of the roast beef also blends perfectly with the salty shoyu or miso broth to give you a balanced taste. Of course, the ramen served is accompanied with other ingredients like ajitama, spring onions and other toppings.
Matador’s ramen is highly acclaimed by many prestigious ramen awards and is ranked as one of Tokyo’s finest ramen places. What’s even better is its roast beef ramen is very affordable. Great quality and good value - no further excuses to give Matador a miss!
Address: 2 Chome-4-1, Senjuazuma, Adachi ward
Access: 6-minute’s walk from Kita-Senja station
Website: Matador (in Japanese)
Treat yourself to a ramen feast
Say goodbye to all your ramen cravings with this list of best ramens along the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line. Everything from miso ramen, burnt ramen to roast beef ramen - which one is your pick?