The best ramen restaurants in Tokyo and where to find them!

In recent years, ramen, the hot noodle soup from Japan and absolute Japanese soul food has created a worldwide boom. Originally imported from China, ramen has evolved steadily to become a part of Japanese cuisine.
This time, we will introduce two popular ramen restaurants in Tokyo where people even stand in line to eat there!

Choose your favorite noodles – “Lanzhou Lamian” (Jimbocho)

Lanzhou Lamian

The beef ramen restaurant “Lanzhou Lamian” (Japanese reading “Mazuru Gyunikumen”) is one of the still rare halal-certified establishments in Tokyo. Every day at lunchtime, you can see a long line of people waiting in front of the restaurant to get their noodle soup. So what is it that makes the ramen in this shop so popular?

The shop has the highest AAA rating by a halal rating agency, which makes it a safe place for Muslims to eat out.

Here, you get the best Lanzhou-style beef ramen in Tokyo (Lanzhou is the largest city of Gansu Province in Northwest China). You can’t choose the soup as it’s often possible with other ramen restaurants. However, you can choose the type of noodle you prefer. The chef hand-makes nine types of completely differently sized and shaped noodles right in front of your eyes!

There are so many types of noodles!
Beef Ramen
Ramen with triangle-shaped noodles

The soup served with lots of spices contains sliced ​​beef, cilantro, chili oil, and – of course – chewy noodles. After only one bite and one slurp of this delicious ramen, you will instantly understand the reason for the restaurant’s popularity. It’s aromatic, tasty and just wonderful!

WOW!! The “dà kuān” noodles are extremely wide! Seeing (and eating) them in person, they appeared even wider than expected – but super delicious!
Lanzhou Lamian (“Mazuru Gyunikumen”)
1-3-18 Kanda Jimbocho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Google Maps:
Nearest stations: Jimbocho Station, Ochanomizu Station, Ogawamachi Station


Thick and creamy “Tori-Paitan” chicken ramen (Iidabashi)

“Menya Ichiraku” close to Iidabashi Station

Another popular ramen restaurant called “Menya Ichiraku” is located in a former townhouse near Iidabashi Sakura Terrace.

Buy a ticket for the ramen you want to eat at the ticket machine by the entrance. The pictures will help you make a decision. If you find it difficult to find the right button, ask the staff for help.

This is a ramen shop that really looks like your typical ramen shop. It only has a long counter, and everybody sits there lined up in a row. The chef prepares delicious chicken ramen right in front of you.

“Noukou Tori-Paitan” with a thick, creamy soup

The Chicken-based soup is rich and thick – just as you would expect it from the menu. Therefore, the soup sticks to the noodles like Spaghetti Carbonara. Usually with ramen, you get a meat topping called chashu which is braised pork belly in most cases. At this restaurant, it’s chicken chashu!

Chicken Tsukemen (dip noodles) with a flavored boiled egg

Maybe the rare chicken chashu combined with the tasty soup is the reason why customers keep coming in one after another. “Menya Ichiraku” has a very high reputation in the Iidabashi area, which is known for being a ramen “battleground”. Please check it out!

Menya Ichiraku
2-3-14 Fujimi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Google Maps:
Nearest station: Iidabashi Station

Our search for delicious ramen in Tokyo continues, so please stay tuned and – of course – please try this wonderful Japanese soul food! You will become a ramen fan yourself for sure!