Updated： July 19, 2017
5 Selected Ginza Ramen Shops: famous ramen that will make you crave for more!
Ginza is known for its chic boutiques and expensive restaurants. However there are some ramen shops there that are amazingly good, original, and not at Ginza-esque prices! You should definitely try these 5 selected stores!
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Kagari: for a creamy chicken broth, this is the place!
This tiny place is located just at a 2 minute walk from the Ginza Station (Ginza Line exit A10 or B10). People are willing to wait a long time in line just to have a taste of Kagari's ramen. It's that original and good! This is your prime stop for ramen in Ginza.
The buzz comes from two of it's own original ramen creations. One is the tori paitan, which is a ramen dish with a super rich chicken-based broth with noodles topped with seasonal vegetables, and the other is the dark niboshi shoyu, which has a broth made from sardines and soy sauce that is so succulent. The interior is refined for a ramen shop, but still prices are reasonable (780 to 1100 yen).
Kazami: ramen with a unique refined twist
Kazami is a newer shop that is not as known yet as Kagari, but you can bet it might get up there in popularity because this shop has amazing ramen with its own little secret.
What they add to their broth is called the "sake kasu", which is the paste-like sediment left after sake is produced. Added to the broth, this ingredient adds a whole new deepness to the ramen that is slightly bitter but not overpowering. Try the Sake Kasu Nohkou Soba dish to find out how amazing the taste is! The interior here is Ginza-like traditional and sleek.
Mugi to Olive: yet another creative Ginza ramen shop
This is another famous local shop that has made it's name from a surprising combination of ingredients that make their ramen taste simply fantastic. Located at just a 5 minute walk from the Higashi Ginza Station or the Ginza Station.
The outstanding ramen dish here is the Hamaguri Clam Ramen. If you've never heard of clam ramen, you are not alone! This is quite original and most Japanese are surprised by this addition. To go with the clam, the chef has selected a niboshi (dried sardine) and chicken stock, which creates a perfect synergy in taste to complement clams. The clams are a delicious and come from Japan's Kawana region, the eggs, with a very dark yolk are nothing less than the best in the county, and the noodles are from a famous Kyoto maker! This store is a must-try! Prices are around 1000 yen.
ABC Ramen: Ginza's long-standing spicy ramen shop
ABC ramen is one of Ginza's flagship ramen shops. It was established in 1977 and has stayed really popular ever since. Just a 3 minute walk from the Ginza Station. The interior is more typically ramen shop-like, not as fancy as the previous three introduced.
ABC's particularity lies in its broth that is miso-based, and its spiciness that comes from chili paste. They also add a generous amount of white and black sesame to their soups, which works well with the broth type in making it even more delicious. The on-location, hand-made noodles are excellent too! English menus are available.
Jangara Ramen: Kyushu ramen in Ginza
Jangara, unlike the previous four mentioned isn't an original Ginza shop, but a famous ramen franchise from the southern island of Kyushu. Kyushu has a beloved ramen style, and this store's ramen is particularly great so it is worth mentioning here.
The particularity of the Kyushu ramen is that the noodles are thin and firm, the ramen is made from tonkotsu, or pork bones, and is thick. The soup is white and has a rich flavor that is sure to comfort you and satisfy your ramen craving. The chashu (pork) meat slices is tender and tasty. An overall great Kyushu ramen you can't go wrong with! A few other stores a located around Tokyo.
Ginza has some of Tokyo's most amazing ramen! Don't be scared by the area's expensive image, these ramen shops are simply top-tiered and affordable.
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