#Menstagram: 7 Instagrammable Noodle Joints in Tokyo



#Menstagram: 7 Instagrammable Noodle Joints in Tokyo


Ramen and Japanese noodles in general can be a lot of things. Cold, warm, spicy, light, certainly delicious... but Instagrammable?
When I hear the word 'ramen' my first thought goes to a timeworn wooden counter, slurping noises and greasy kitchen walls. However the modern years have seen a number of restaurants focusing more on the visual aspect of their food, and this includes noodles! Japanese people even have a hashtag for this: #麺スタグラム (menstagram) combines the word 'men' (noodles) and Instagram.

Here's a list of cool, weird, and fancy noodle dishes in Tokyo to please all of you Instagrammers out there - you'll go for the look and stay for the taste.

1. Rinsuzu Shokudo | りんすず食堂

If you head to this small ramen restaurant by Ojima station you'll find an interesting item on their menu. Their original Lemon Ramen is made with a base of chicken stock and topped with an entire lemon sliced up. While the unusual combination might be instant love for some and not so great for others, it is worth to try it and see which side you're on.
Nearest train station: Ojima on the Toei Shinjuku Line (MAP)

2. Tokyo Tantanmen RAINBOW | 東京担々麺 RAINBOW

At this Tachikawa joint you'll be able to choose between seven different color-themed tantanmen ramen bowls: red, white, green, purple, orange, yellow and black. They use different ingredients to achieve the desired color. The diner style interior also sets a cheerful atmosphere.
Note: tantanmen is a kind of spicy ramen. Here you can choose the spicy level from 1 to 5.
Nearest train station: Tachikawa on the JR Chuo, Nambu and Ome lines (MAP)

3. Kipposhi | 吉法師

Originally located in the Asakusa area, Kipposhi moved to the bustling district of Shibuya in April 2019. This restaurant offers one of the most Instagrammable ramen of them all: a blue ramen called Clear Chicken Soup "Blue". The base is a clear chicken stock that is very tasty, much more than your regular chicken ramen.
Worthy of note, the owner put a lot of work both in the ingredient choice and in the restaurant's look to make the dish as photogenic as possible. The latest additions to the menu are a red and a green ramen.
Nearest train station: 10 min. walk form Shibuya Station  (MAP)

4.Sobausa | そばうさ

Ramen sure is tasty but let's not forget about its buckwheat counterpart, soba. This stylish standing soba place came up with an interesting, cool looking - and delicious! - variation of the popular noodles: Basil Cold Soba. The star here is the dipping sauce, filled with fresh basil and two cute cherry tomatoes. The noodle bowl is topped with lettuce, scrambled eggs and bacon for a pleasantly colorful look.
Nearest train station: Hanzomon on the Tokyo Metro Hanzomon line / Kojimachi on the Tokyo Metro Yurakucho line (MAP)
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5.Uma Tsukemen

Tsukemen is a kind of ramen where the noodles are served on their own and dipped in their soup right before eating. This restaurant in Tachikawa put a tasty twist to the dish by topping the soup bowl with a crispy pie. These creative pot pie tsukemen come in different flavors such as pork, shrimp, curry and miso.
Nearest train station: Seibu-Tachikawa on the Seibu Haijima line (MAP)

6.Due Italian | 黄金の塩らぁ麺 ドゥエイタリアン

A fusion of Italian and Japanese styles, this restaurant in Ichigaya sure has some interesting - and photogenic - choices on its menu. One among all is the Fromage Ramen with Prosciutto, which combines a bowl of ramen with creamy cheese and raw ham. Another popular choice is the Tomato Ramen, literally covered in cherry tomatoes.
Nearest train station: Ichigaya on the JR Chuo-Sobu line, Tokyo Metro Yurakucho line, Tokyo Metro Namboku line and Toei Shinjuku line (MAP)
Website (Japanese only):

7.Menya Shono Gotsubo | 麺や 庄の gotsubo

This dish looks like someone 'disassembled' a ramen bowl and masterfully laid it out on a painter's palette. Don't get fooled by the name: even if it's called Veggie Tsukemen it's not vegetarian. But it does have veggies in it which is really nice.
Note: the veggie tsukemen is only available in the dinner menu.
Nearest train station: Shinjuku-Gyoenmae on the Tokyo Metro Marunouchi line (MAP)
Website (Japanese only):
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There are so many noodle restaurants just in the city of Tokyo that a lifetime wouldn't probably be enough to try them all. With this list I wanted to put together some of the shops that offer the most visually impressive bowls.

I hope you get a chance to try some of these places and join the #麺スタグラム (menstagram) community!

About the Author
Laura is an Italian living and working in Tokyo. She loves exploring hidden and unknown places, taking pictures and listening to Punk Rock music. When she’s not busy doing the above, she might enjoy a craft beer or play the sanshin (an Okinawan instrument similar to a shamisen).

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