Rokurinsha, Tokyo Station

Heard about this place from a TV show and thought it was over-hyped because it’s on TV.

It’s downstairs (B1) in Tokyo Station, in the Ramen Street area. If you go off-peak hours, the line can be pretty short!

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Hype? Well…

This was THE BEST ramen I’ve ever had in my life. By far. Really! Highly recommended to everyone going to Tokyo. I would go out of my way and make plans specifically around this.

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The magic is in the broth. A variety of meaty bits made it rich, provided savory umami flavor, and gave it interesting textures. After eating this, I realized every previous ramen I’ve eaten is a lie, built on salty grease broth.

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The noodles were nice and dense; al dente. I’ve never had noodles this good.

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The eggs are magic too. As far as I know, we just don’t have eggs like this in the states.

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I don’t think I can eat ramen in the states again; at least, not without disappointment.

Rokurinsha
Tokyo Station Ichibangai B1
9-1, Marunouchi 1-Chōme
Chiyoda, Tokyo
Japan 100-0005

Oreryu Ramen, Shibuya

Stopped by a random ramen shop in Shibuya.

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We placed an order for Oreryu Toku Tsukemen using the vending machine outside.

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We told them we were sharing, so they came prepared! Love it.

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The ramen was good; nothing special. The second bowl made the broth cold, so sharing ended up being a bad idea lol.

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Oreryu Ramen
6-9-14Jingumae
Misuzu Bldg 1F
Shibuya 150-0001, Tokyo
http://oreryushio.co.jp/

Kobe Beef Kaiseki 511, Part 2 (to go!), Asakusa

511 also gave us an unexpected gift… a to-go box with fresh ramen noodles and sauce made with kobe beef!

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The contents of the room-temp packet look gross. But smells great.

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Fresh noodles.

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Boiled the noodles and heated the broth. Looks appetizing, and tastes better than I thought it would given it is reheated by me, an ocean away from its source.

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I’d probably buy this, depending on the price, because the broth is really good. If only I knew how to turn this into full-on ramen, with egg, slices of meat, etc.

 

Kobe Beef Kaiseki 511
Dear Plaza Akasaka B1
4-3-28 Akasaka
Minato-ku, Tokyo
http://www.a511.jp/en/

Afuri, Harajuku

This place will stay on my short list.
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Of course, I tried the specialty Yuzu Shio Ramen… but I wouldn’t bother with it. It was like normal shio ramen with only a hint of yuzu (so why even come to Afuri!).

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But the real star was the Yuzu Tsuyu Tsukemon! Bright, flavorful yuzu and the thicker noodles that I like. Definitely getting this again. Someday!

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Afuri
63-1, Sendagaya 3-Chōme
Shibuya, Tokyo
Japan 151-0051

Ippudo Ramen, Ginza

I went here upon recommendation of a local, as this was her favorite chain.

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These were really small. Or, maybe I’m used to ones sized for Americans.

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The ramen wasn’t particularly special and was similar to what we can find in the states.

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Ippudo
10-3, Ginza 4-Chōme
Chuo, Tokyo
Japan 104-0061