Additional Tokyo Notes:
All of the ramen that I ate in Tokyo....
Nagi Golden Gai || Our airbnb was a few blocks away from Golden Gai, a hub of tiny restaurants and bars crammed into several narrow alleyways in Shinjuku. After our first night out, we wandered over to Golden Gai to hunt for some ramen in the wee hours of Sunday morning. We found Nagi and, after a short wait outside on the street, were ushered up a narrow staircase that was practically a ladder to the small L-shaped counter on the second floor. I loved the thicker, chewy, noodles that they use in their ramen and the broth was so complex and interesting (I later learned that it is a special sardine broth called niboshi).
Nakiryu || I think I mostly covered this one before, but just to refresh: Toshima Ward, Michelin-starred ramen, get there to line up early, order Spicy Dandan!
Sora No Iro || Mireille read about the vegetarian ramen at Sora No Iro in a "veggy" magazine at Hello Farmer. Maintaining a vegetarian diet in Japan can prove tricky as many of their traditional foods include meat—especially ramen—so we were excited to try out this ramen at Sora No Iro. I've found a lot of the vegetarian ramen that I've tried in the past to be a let down because I feel they are trying to duplicate their meat counterparts and just fall short. I loved the veggie ramen at Sora No Iro because I feel like it wasn't trying to mimic a meat broth and was just the best veggie broth that it possibly could be! The ramen had what tasted like a spicy sweet potato broth and was loaded with a rainbow of veggie toppings. It was so good that I ate here twice! (You can also get a vegan version of the ramen if you omit the egg on top). We visited the Tokyo Station Ramen Street location.
Rokurinsha || Rokurinsha seemed to be the most popular opinion when I googled "best tsukemen Tokyo". It is also located in Tokyo Station Ramen Street (which is actually just a hallway) and I visited here on my final day in Japan. I first attempted to visit at lunchtime but the line-up wrapped around the corner and down the hall (not unusual for Rokurinsha) and I wasn't in the mood to wait so I tried again later for an early dinner with a bit more success (still a line, just shorter this time). Tsukemen is a dipping noodle style of ramen where you are served a bowl of cold noodles on the side of a bowl of broth and it is my favourite kind of ramen! Probably because I like chewier noodles and tsukemen noodles have a bit more bite to them than other styles of ramen noodles. You can usually order a small, medium, or large bowl of noodles but I don't think I've ever been able to eat more than a small without feeling completely sick after (and this is coming from someone that can eat). It was a very tasty bowl of tsukemen, although not my favourite I have to say (looking at you Santouka).