Enter the Ramen World in Tokyo at Ippudo Roppongi
“Where do you want to eat tonight?”
“I feel like ramen at Ippudo Roppongi…”
Ippudo Roppongi tl;dr
- English Menu with Pictures
- Countrywide Japanese Ramen Chain
- 3 Ramen Styles to Choose From
- Branches Around the World
Roppongi Hills, Japan… Home for the next couple days and a blank new canvas to explore all that is Japanese food. Not to be outdone by sushi or sashimi is the ubiquitous bowl of ramen noodle. Looking up a long list of potential destinations we set off into the night for one charming location nearby called Ippudo Roppongi. Little did we know what world of soup noodles we would be getting ourselves into that night.
Hunting for Our Meal
As we wandered around in what seemed to be circles around the area looking for this small shop in an alley we took in all that the local night had to offer. During our evening walk we saw many holiday lights lining the trees and streets. Tokyo, during this time of the year is filled with this certain ethereal feeling of what the future has to hold while retaining a old world charm.
After walking around Ippudo Roppongi several times over trying to come to terms with what was in front of us and what Google Maps told us was unnerving. It dawned on her to try walking down the alley way which as it happens to be a certain aspect Japan that was foreign to my Californian perspective. Go figure, Ippudo Roppongi really was down the dark, less than lit alley way…
Broth, Broth, and More Broth
Walking through the doors we were greeted by staff waiting for our order. Being our first time there, we weren’t sure what broth to order:
- Shiromaru | Simpler Broth
- Akamaru Modern | Richer Broth
- Ippudo Karaka Ramen | Spicy
Nadia decided to go with the Karaka and I the Akamaru. We walked to the backroom and awaited in this candlelit room surrounded by others at multiple stages of consumption. Everything was so new to us, from the bonsai tree in the middle of the table to the different condiments on the table to the self serve tea. Finally our bowls were served and our palates were ready!
Who knew that ramen could be this tasty? The Karaka was tasty while the Akamaru was delicious! The Akamaru was very rich and filled with that right blend of complicated umami flavor. The chewy noodles were more firm than I’m familiar with but I thoroughly enjoyed them that way nonetheless.
I guess there’s a reason why the owner won so many awards and was called the “Noodle King.” Nadia seemed to like hers so much that I didn’t get a chance to try it before she ate it all. I couldn’t blame her though, I forgot to share with her as well.
Everything from the soft boiled egg, noodles, black mushrooms, seasoned pork slices and spring green onion melded into a soul warming mixture that will haunt all my future ramen endeavors. I can only hope that I will find something similar along my journey around the world. I personally dread that the other branches will not be quite the same like the bowl in front of me.
All Over the World
Ippudo Roppongi is so good that they have branches all over the world. Maybe I should go try them as I find them…
Where’s your favorite Ippudo location!?!?