In case you are wondering where to find the best ramen in Tokyo, check out this post about a hidden ramen place I found.
On my previous post, I told you about one of the top yakitori restaurants in Tokyo. Now to ramen.
Last night, I had the opportunity to eat at one of the Michelin star restaurants Tokyo in the Otsuka area called Nakiryu. The restaurant received the award recently and I was eager to try out their ramen. I had tried to visit the restaurant on Tuesday but it was closed so confirm if they are open before you make the trip there. Their signature ramen is a very spicy ramen. I arrived to the restaurant around 8:30PM with a friend a friend of mine and after a few minutes were told that we would be the last ones served. There was quite a long line as the restaurant likes to know how many people they will serve their ramen to. It takes time to get out the ramen as well as the seating was limited with only 10. Once the broth is done for the day, the customers are no longer served. After about an hour of waiting in line, I was finally allowed into the restaurant. Inside the restaurant there is a ticket machine which you can order the ramen from. Also, they have an English menu and can assist you with using the machine since it is only in Japanese. If you would like to order extra meat and noodles you can with the ticket machine.
Once I was seated, the ramen chef worked quickly to prepare my ramen dish. Within 10 minutes, it was served steaming hot. This ramen was like none other I’ve ever tried. It had a spicy red paste, thin noodles, green chillies, spring onions and regular onions as well as ground pork. The first bite was like being in gourmet heaven. While the ramen was very spicy, I took frequent breaks to wash down some water while eating. When I came close to finishing, the ground pork at the bottom of the plate was just delicious. After finishing the delicious ramen, I gave the chef the thumbs up and was out the door thinking of what a wonderful experience I just had.
Make sure to be ready to wait at the restaurant. Since it is a popular restaurant, you should be expected to wait at least an hour in line. They do not take reservations.
Tokyo, Toshima-ku, Minami Otsuka 2-34-2
Closest station: Otsuka