Among Tokyo's miso ramen shops, consider these the best 5. From spicy miso ramen to rich and thick miso ramen, these shops have it all!
As per usual, we're excluding any ramen shops we work with (Tokyo Ramen Tours)!
1. Shop: Santora (三ん寅)
Tokyo City: Shinjuku
Many put Santora at the very top of the Tokyo miso ramen shop pile. Santora's owner trained at legendary miso ramen shop Sumire. This ensures quality.
It also ensures there's a thick layer of pork lard in the soup. But this is more than just a heavy bowl. There's plenty of refinement in the soup too.
Shop Hours: 11 am ~ 3 pm / 5:30 pm ~ 8 pm
2. Kikanbo (鬼金棒)
Tokyo City: Chiyoda
Kikanbo reinvented the spicy miso ramen wheel. Choose both spiciness and numbing pepper (sansho) levels."Oni level", or devil level, is not for the faint of heart!
Kikanbo Kanda Flagship Shop Hours: 11 am ~ 9:30 pm (open every day)
3. Ramen Ren (らーめん蓮)
Tokyo City: Ota
Ramen Ren is a hidden gem located near Kamata station (a South Tokyo hub). Their miso ramen is obviously top-notch. But we like their miso tsukemen (dipping style) best.
It features an insanely thick and rich soup. Consider it a harmonious blend of red and white miso, chicken bones, pork bones, vegetables, and fish.
Shop Hours: 11:00 ~ 23:00 (Open every day)
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4. Hook (味噌っ子ふっく)
Tokyo City: Suginami
Hook specializes in a Hanamichi style of miso ramen. Hanamichi is a Tokyo miso ramen powerhouse known for its modern and creamy miso ramen soup.
At Hook, this creaminess comes from boiling a whole lot of chicken. We recommend the spicy miso ramen here. The homemade, bright red chili oil adds sparks to the soup.
Shop Hours: 11 am ~ 3:30 pm / 5 pm ~ 9 pm (closed on Tue)
5. Asahi Chounaikai (あさひ町内会)
Tokyo City: Itabashi
Like entry no. 1 (Santora), Asahi Chounaikai traces its ramen roots to Sumire. But their greater use of white miso and ginger makes for a sweeter and sharper miso ramen.
Their noodles are sent directly from Sapporo (where Sumire is located). Furthermore, these high-grade noodles are adjusted depending on the season!
Shop Hours: 11 am ~ 3 pm / 5 pm ~ 9 pm (closed on Mon)
I hope you enjoyed this best 5 Tokyo miso ramen list. Now get out there and eat!