10 Best Ramen Shops in Shibuya: Your Ultimate Guide!
Shibuya is known as a bustling fashion and business district. But did you know that it also has some of the most delicious ramen in Tokyo? After all, Shibuya's a crowded place, and whenever you have a high concentration of people in Japan, you're guaranteed to find lots of great ramen joints. It's a law of nature in this ramen-crazy country. This is your ultimate guide to Shibuya's ramen shops!
This is the ramen shop for the health-conscious. Usagi doesn't use any artificial food additives such as monosodium glutamate. This is quite extraordinary for a ramen joint. So you get a pure natural taste that is yet so flavorful and rich. Furthermore, the noodles are made from domestic wheat from Nagano.
The popular menu, Tsukemen (dipping noodles).
2. Kiraku 喜楽
Kiraku is a Taiwanese-style ramen shop. Moyashi ramen is a popular choice. Particular to this shop, the "moyashi" (bean sprouts) here are stir-fried before being added in a generous amount to the soup. Also, try the ramen bowl with wonton dumplings!
As a side order, try the crispy grilled dumplings (Gyoza)!
3. Kokuu 穀雨
The soup stock at Kokuu is made of chicken and seafood. You get a smooth and refreshing dish with a clear broth. This is a kind of ramen that is clearly on the "sappari" (not oily) side. You can also get here wonton dumplings in your ramen, which happens to be the most popular item. Highly recommended ramen shop with super good reviews from many online sources.
4. Onisoba Fujiya 鬼そば 藤谷
Fujiya is a massively popluar ramen shop for people who love "Shio" ramen. Shio simply means salt and translates into a ramen with a basic delicious salty flavor. "Oni Shio Ramen" is the most popular item. You can crispy fresh and fragrant green onion, bamboo shoots, pork belly and a stewed-in-broth egg. Everything is cooked to perfection and work in synergy to create a superior quality bowl of ramen. On a side note, the owner used to work as a comedian on TV shows. He's pretty entertaining in his shop as well.
5. Art Masashiya アートマサシヤ
The broth is made from natural ingredients only and we love that! Yes, it's possible, and it makes the ramen taste so much better without that generic monosodium glutamate taste! Art Masashiya even goes a step further by making homemade soy sauce and flavored oil. This joint deserves its rave reviews and critics! The only downside to this ramen place is that it's only open during lunch hours.
6. Hayashi はやし
Some describe the experience of going to Hayashi and receiving your bowl like falling in love at first sight. Isn't she beautiful? Is what you'll feel like saying when you see the fine bowl of ramen placed before you. There are no unnecessary toppings, just the basics placed in an aesthetically pleasing way. But wait till you taste it! The broth is a combination of seafood, pork, and chicken. They blend together in perfect harmony and bring a rich deep taste that is free from chemical additives. A must-try ramen shop!
7. Moko Tanmen Nakamoto 蒙古タンメン中本
Moko Tanmen Nakamoto specializes in a type of ramen called tanmen, which consists of fried vegetables added to the soup. The particularity of this popular shop is that they have ramen that is both rich in taste and extremely spicy. The ramen might send your taste buds into overdrive but for those who like this kind of excitement, this place is for you. There are some options that are not that spicy as well.
8. Sugoi Niboshi Ramen Nagi すごい煮干ラーメン凪 渋谷東口店
The name of this shop translates literally to "Amazing Dried Sardine Broth Ramen Nagi". So you've probably guessed it, the seafood broth has an outstanding deep-flavored taste here. The soup also has a light tingly hot taste that is just right. You can customize your order too (oiliness, the hardness of the noodles, salt or soy sauce base). Also, you can have large portions of noodles at no extra cost.
9. Menya Musashi Bukotsugaiden 麺屋武蔵 武骨外伝
The thing to have here is the dipping noodles dish called tsukemen. The noodles are on the thick size and have a good chewiness to them. You might be surprised by the deep red dipping sauce. It contains a nice amount of hot pepper cut leeks. Everything goes perfectly well together. This is a really popular shop so if you go there during peek hours, you may have to wait in line a little.
Here you can get a strong and addictive taste of niboshi (sardine) stock. The noodles are straight and you get a thicker than average slice of pork belly. The egg is stewed to perfection. the yolk has a thick creamy texture while the outside is hard. Too bad that they only serve half of an egg ber bowl. You can a nice amount of thinly sliced white leek as a topping to give an extra kick.
Shibuya has some of the best ramen joints in Tokyo. Do not overlook this great area when you have a raging hunger for a hearty bowl of ramen! Also, check out the legendary ramen battlegrounds of Shinjuku and Ikebukuro on another occasion!