The February 2011 issue of Shokuraku magazine lists the top ten new ramen shops in Tokyo. As most of this information only appears in Japanese I hope by including it in this blog that more people can come to explore these new restaurants.
10. Mendokoro Kei 麺処 慶
Saitama-ken, Ageoshi-shi, Koizumi 69-8
No phone available
11:30 – 15:00, 18:00 – 21:00 (or until supplies last)
Known for its miso ramen that is rich and thick in flavor. The miso is grilled with lard and a bit of sansho giving it a very unique taste.
9. Chuka Soba Ranchu 中華蕎麦 蘭鋳
Suginami-ku, Horinouchi 2-13-13
12:00 – 14:00, 18:00 – 24:00 closed Sunday and holidays
Saturday 12:00 – 15:00 (or until supplies last)
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The broth is flavored with niboshi (dried sardines) for a lighter flavored clear soup.
8. Menya Taika 麺や 太華
Kanagawa-ken, Yokohama-shi, Totsuka-ku, Totsukacho 16-1, Totsukana Mall 5F
11:00 – 21:00, open daily
The soup is based on chicken and soy sauce.
7. Mensoken Kanade Kurenai 麺創研かなで 紅
Fuchu-shi, Miyamachi 1-3-10
11:30 – 22:00, open daily
The Kurenai ramen is made with rice miso and a blend of seven different noodles for a variety of textures.
5. (tied for fifth) Menya Itou 麺屋 一燈
Katsushika-ku, Higashi Shin Koiwa 1-4-17
11:00 – 15:00, 18:00 – 22:00 (or until supplies last)
closed Monday (if Monday is a holiday they will be closed the following day)
Looking at their menu one option is nokomen, or ramen in a rich-flavored broth. But what caught me by surprise is that shio (salt) ramen is served on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday and shoyu (soy sauce) ramen is served the other days. Definitely looks like a place worth checking out.
5. (tied for fifth) Tsukemen Senmonten Mukyoku つけ麺専門店 無極
Nakano-ku, Maruyama 2-1-1
11:00 – 21:00 (or until supplies last)
The ramen and dipping broth are served in two different bowls, tsukemen-style. The noodles are thick (all the better to dip with) and the dipping broth is rich tonkotsu (pork bones) based soup.
The top four new ramen shops are at this link: