7 Ramen Shops in Tokyo Offering Unusual yet Tasty Ramen
Ramen is a quintessential Japanese noodle dish widely enjoyed in many countries around the world, and in terms of the variety of the broth there are 4 major flavors, namely, “Shoyu (醤油: Soy sauce)”, “Miso (味噌: Soybean paste)”, “Tonkotsu (豚骨: Pork bone)”, and “Shio (塩: Salt)”.
Other than these, countless variations of ramen can be seen in Japan. This is probably because there is keen competition among ramen restaurants, which is why some ramen shops in Japan are offering novel, unique, weird, or unusual noodle soups. And today I will introduce 7 ramen restaurants in Tokyo offering such ramen noodles.
- Kipposhi (吉法師)
- Pineapple Ramen Papapapapine (パイナップルラーメン屋さん パパパパパイン)
- Ayu Ramen (鮎ラーメン)
- Yamate Ramen Hongo Anan (山手ラーメン本郷 安庵)
- Ramen Manpuku (ラーメン万福)
- Rinsuzu Shokudo (りんすず食堂)
- Aroma (亞呂摩)
1. Kipposhi (吉法師)
Kipposhi is a popular ramen restaurant located near the highest tower in Japan “Tokyo Sky Tree”. It offers a bowl of ramen with an ocean blue color called “Torichintan Ao (鶏清湯青: Clear Blue Chicken Soup)” which became a topic of conversation on the internet.
From the name, the broth seems to be made with chicken, but the blue color comes from what? I don’t know. As for the taste, many Japanese say on the internet that the noodle soup is packed with the umami of chicken and is really tasty.
Shop Information: Kipposhi
Address: 3-1-17 Azumabashi, Sumida-Ku Ward, Tokyo (MAP)
Open: 11:30 to 15:00, 17:00 to 22:00
2. Pineapple Ramen Papapapapine (パイナップルラーメン屋さん パパパパパイン)
Located in the city of Machida, Pineapple Ramen Papapapapine is a popular ramen shop that has been featured by the Japanese media many times. I hear that the owner of this ramen shop created the odd ramen with a pineapple flavor simply because he loves both ramen and pineapple.
Many people that have eaten this pineapple ramen say that the noodle soup is tasty with the sweetness coming from pineapple. Not only that but actually this ramen shop is also offering limited-time ramen noodles with weird flavors like coffee and chocolate.
Shop Information: Pineapple Ramen Papapapapine
Address: 2F Machida Terminal Plaza, 3-1-4 Hara-Machida, Machida, Tokyo (MAP)
Open: 11:00 to 15:00, 18:00 to 21:00
3. Ayu Ramen (鮎ラーメン)
Ayu Ramen is a popular ramen restaurant in front of which lines are often seen. As you can see in the photo, its signature ramen has an impactful appearance, topped with a grilled whole Ayu (鮎: sweetfish).
The Ayu ramen is particular about the details and its broth is salt-based with lots of umami from sweetfish, chicken, and vegetables. As a matter of fact, many Japanese say that the sweetfish ramen is exquisitely delicious and addictive.
Shop Information: Ayu Ramen
Address: 3-15-12 Tamagawa, Setagaya-ku Ward, Tokyo (MAP)
Open : 11:30 to 14:00, 18:00 to 1:00
Open throughout the week
4. Yamate Ramen Hongo Anan (山手ラーメン本郷 安庵)
Located near the University of Tokyo, the highest educational institution in Japan, Yamate Ramen Hongo Anan is a ramen shop well-known for the noodle soup called “Midori Ramen (みどりラーメン)” containing about 7 hundred million euglenas or “Midorimushi (ミドリムシ)”.
Although euglena is unusual as an ingredient for ramen and besides almost tasteless, it is known as a food packed with nutrients. The euglena ramen is a tasty bowl of salt-based pork bone broth ramen.
Shop Information: Yamate Ramen Hongo Anan
Address: 5-23-11 Hongo, Bunkyo-Ku Ward, Tokyo (MAP)
Open: 11:00 to 1:00
Open throughout the week
5. Ramen Manpuku (ラーメン万福)
Ramen Manpuku is a ramen shop popular for the milk ramen “Gyunyu Ramen (牛乳ラーメン)”. You may think the combination of ramen broth and milk unappetizing, but the noodle soup is delicious with the natural sweetness and richness of milk.
In addition to the milk ramen, Ramen Manpuku actually has one more signature dish called “Kikurage Teishoku (キクラゲ定食)“, which is made with plenty of cloud ear mushrooms.
Shop Information: Ramen Manpuku
Address: 3-23-19 Koenji-Minami, Suginami-Ku Ward, Tokyo (MAP)
Open: 11:40 to 15:00, 17:30 to 23:00
6. Rinsuzu Shokudo (りんすず食堂)
Rinsuzu Shokudo is a ramen shop well known for the ramen noodles called “Lemon Ramen (レモンラーメン)”, topped only with lemon slices from a whole lemon, which is sometimes featured by Japanese TV programs and magazines.
Although the appearance is unusual, the soup broth has lots of umami from bonito and is not overly sour. It is a tasty, refreshing bowl of ramen with a moderate lemon flavor.
Shop Information: Rinsuzu Shokudo
Address: 5-7-3 Oshima, Koto-Ku Ward, Tokyo (MAP)
Open: (Weekdays) 11:30 to 15:00, 18:00 to 21:00 (Saturday and Sunday) 11:30 to 21:00
7. Aroma (亞呂摩)
The popular cafe restaurant, Aroma is offering an unusual, weird bowl of ramen called “Coffee Ramen (コーヒーラーメン)”. Literally, the soup not only has a coffee flavor but also is garnished with crazy toppings such as vanilla ice-cream and cut fruits, which is why it is sometimes featured by the Japanese media.
Also, the noodles for the Coffee Ramen are made using coffee, so the noodle soup has a coffee flavor as a whole. Thus, you will either like it or hate it.
Shop Information: Aroma
Address: 2-19-16 Takara-Machi, Katsushika-Ku Ward, Tokyo (MAP)
Open: 11:00 to 21:00
Irregularly Closed on Tuesdays and Sundays