Top 10 Ramen Restaurants in Tokyo – Useful Vocabulary List

When going to Japan, trying out the various foods that Japan has to offer is a must. But what’s the first food that comes to the minds of us foreigners? Well, it would definitely be ramen right! With it being so well-known in Japan and also worldwide, it would be no wonder that we’d want to try some delicious bowls of ramen right at its source. Today, we’ll take a look at TOP 10 Ramen Restaurants in Tokyo and some common vocabulary related to ordering and eating piping hot bowls of Ramen right here in Japan!

Want to learn more about the Japanese hiragana behind ramen? Check out our article made by one of our wonderful Coto Japanese teachers, Ayana Nezu!

1. Ramenya Shima らぁ麺や 嶋

Address: 3 Chome-41-11 Honmachi, Shibuya City, Tokyo 151-0071

Phone Number: Not Available

English Menu Availability: X

Business Hours:

11:00AM-4:00PM except Thursday

Average Price: 1000-1500 yen

2. Homemade Ramen 麦苗

Address: 6 Chome-11-10 Minamioi, Shinagawa City, Tokyo 140-0013

Phone Number: Not Available

English Menu Availability: X

Business Hours: 11: 00-15: 30 (except Wednesday, Thursday)

Average Price: 950-1,500 yen

3. Teuchishiki Chuutakansuimen Nonokura 手打式超多加水麺 ののくら 

Address: 〒125-0061 Tokyo, Katsushika City, Kameari, 3 Chome−11−11 マーベラス亀有ビル 1F

Phone Number: 03-6240-7993

English Menu Availability: X

Business Hours: 11:00AM- 3:00 PM (except Sunday, Monday)

Average Price: ~999 yen

4. 迂直  Uchoku

Address: 〒167-0032 Tokyo, Suginami City, Amanuma, 3 Chome−10−16-102

Phone Number: Not Available

English Menu Availability: X

Business Hours:

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 11:30AM-3:00PM

Saturday, Sunday: 11:30AM- 4:00PM

Regular Holidays: Monday, Thursday

Average Price: 1,000-1,500 yen

5. Menson Rage 麺尊 RAGE 

Address: 3 Chome-37-22 Shoan, Suginami City, Tokyo 167-0054

Phone Number: Not Available

English Menu Availability: X

Business Hours:

Monday-Friday: 11:00~15:00 / 18:00~20:00

Saturday, Sunday, Holidays: 11:00〜20:00

Average Price: ¥1,000~¥1,999

6. Shinjiko Shijimi Chuka Soba Kohaku 宍道湖しじみ中華蕎麦 琥珀

Address: 2 Chome-1-3 Nishirokugo, Ota City, Tokyo 144-0056

Phone Number: 03-6690-0893

English Menu Availability: x

Business Hours:

Weekdays: 11:30-14:30 /  18:00-21:00

Regular Holidays: Sat/Sun/Holidays

Average Price: ¥1,000~¥1,999

7. Ramen Shibata (中華そば しば田)

Address: 〒182-0003 Tokyo, Chofu, Wakabacho, 2 Chome−25−20

Phone Number: 080-4001-0233

English Menu Availability: X

Business Hours:

Monday-Saturday: 11:00-15:00

Closed on Sunday

Average Price: ¥1,000~¥1,999

8. Ramen Yamaguchi らぁ麺やまぐち 

Address: 3 Chome-13-4 Nishiwaseda, Shinjuku City, Tokyo 169-0051

Phone Number: 03-3204-5120

English Menu Availability: x

Business Hours:

Monday – Sunday 11:00 – 21:00 (LO 20:50)

The restaurant closes at 20:00 during the emergency declaration.

Average Price: ¥1,000~¥1,999

9. TAKANO  中華そば 多賀野 

Address: 2 Chome-15-10 Nakanobu, Shinagawa City, Tokyo 142-0053

Phone Number: 03-3787-2100

English Menu Availability: X

Business Hours:

Monday – Saturday: 11:30am – 2:30pm

Closed on Sundays

Average Price: ¥1,000~¥1,999

10. らーめんMAIKAGURA 

Address: 1 Chome-38-4 Funabashi, Setagaya City, Tokyo 156-0055

Phone Number: 03-6875-7110

English Menu Availability: X

Business Hours:

11:30 – 15:00 / 18:00 – 20:00 (However, they may close the restaurant when we run out of ingredients.)

Closed on Monday (If Monday is a national holiday, it will be open on the following weekday.)

Average Price: ¥1,000~¥1,999

Useful Vocabulary List when ordering Ramen

Types of Noodles in Japanese

Some Ramen restaurants typically would offer you the option to choose the thickness of your noodles. Usually, you’d choose between Futomen and Hosomen, of which the latter would be the thinner of the two.

  • 太麵 (ふとめん, Futomen)
  • ちじれめん (Chijiremen)
  • 細麵 (ほそめん, Hosomen)

Types of Soup

Moving on, let’s take look at some common soup bases that we can find here in Japan. Here’s a compiled list of what soups there are, how to read it and what they are made of!

  • 醬油 (しょうゆ): Shoyu, a Soy Sauce-based soup that’s light and goes easy on your taste buds.
  • 豚骨 (とんこつ): Tonkotsu, a soup that’s relatively light to heavy depending on how it’s made. It’s typically boiled and made from Pork bones for hours. Sometimes, even days.
  • 煮干し (にぼし): Niboshi, a soup that can also be light or heavy depending on how long it was boiled for. Typically made from dried sardines.
  • 鳥白湯 (とりぱいたん): Basically, a Tonkotsu-esque soup made from Chicken Bones.
  • 塩 (しお): Shio, a Salt-based soup that’s relatively light as well.
  • 味噌 (みそ): Miso, a soup flavoured using a type of fermented bean paste. This is relatively heavy on the palate.

3 Components to Ordering a Personalised Bowl of Ramen in Japanese

After ordering your ramen through vending machine, you will be asked questions regarding your preference of ramen. For example:

Okonomi wa arimasu ka?
Translation: Do you have any preferences?

More or less, they’d typically be referring to the 3 components we’re going to cover. These include the hardness of the noodles, the thickness as well as the oiliness of the soup.

Noodle Hardness 面の硬さ(めんのかたさ, Men no Katasa)

  • Hard – かため
  • Normal – 普通 (ふつう)
  • Soft – 軟らかめ(やわらかめ)

Soup Thickness 味の濃さ (あじのこさ, Aji no Kosa)

  • Thick – こってり/濃いめ (こいめ) (Kotteri/Koime)
  • Normal – 普通 (ふつう)(Futsuu)
  • Light – あっさり/薄め (うすめ) (Assari/Usume)

Oiliness 脂の量 (あぶらのりょう, Abura no Ryou)

  • More – 多め (おおめ)
  • Normal – 普通(ふつう)
  • Less – 少なめ (すくなめ)

Serving Sizes

  • Regular Portion – 並盛り (なみもり, Nami Mori)
  • Medium Portion – 中盛り(なかもり, Naka Mori)
  • Large Portion – 大盛り (おおもり, Oo Mori)
  • Extra Large Portion – 特大(とくだい, Toku Dai)
  • Special – 特製(とくせい, Toku Sei)

Typical Side Orders/Condiments

  • Seaweed: のり, Nori
  • Green Spring Onion: 青ネギ (あおネギ), Aonegi
  • Chashu: チャーシュー, Chaashuu
  • Flavoured Soft Boiled Egg: 味玉卵 (あじたまたまご), Ajitama Tamago
  • Bamboo Shoots: メンマ, Menma
  • Mustard Greens: 高菜 (たかな), Takana
  • Red Pickled Ginger: 紅しょうが (べにしょうが), Beni Shouga
  • Noodle Refill: 替え玉 (かえだま), Kaedama
  • 7 Spice Pepper/Pepper: 七味唐辛子 (しちみとうがらし)/胡椒 (コショウ), Shichimi Tougarashi/Koshou 
  • Vinegar: 酢 (す), Su
  • Chilli Oil:  辣油 (らーゆ), Raayu

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