It’s time for my annual best-of list, where I look back over the year at my favorite bowls. These 14 shops are all in Tokyo, and all are highly recommended. Head over to my dedicated best-of site
for the details and maps. As always, this isn’t a best-of list in the traditional sense, just a look back over the previous year and the bowls that made it special for me.
For reference, here are the shops.
The second shop from the RAIK group goes all seafood, using different fish bones and shells each day.
Hototogisu is back with a Michelin star and a new location in Shinjuku.
Inconvenient, but this is one of Tokyo’s most famous miso ramen shops.
A pure bowl kissed with sansho oil.
Classic hiyashi, a cold noodle dish best enjoyed in the sweltering summer months.
See what the west is loving these days at this shop inspired by the San Francisco outpost of Mensho. A5 wagyu ramen and creamy tori paitan.
Ramen highlighted by kinmedai, one of Japan’s luxury fishes.
The ramen here is an afterthought, as it is the gyoza that shines.
Lobster bisque ramen. Overkill for some, pure pleasure for others.
Niboshi, shellfish, and plenty of little quail eggs.
You like these ultra-refined ramen bowls that have been all the rage lately? This one is up there at the top.
Tasty mix-em-up noodles just steps from the 2020 Olympic stadium.
This is many ramen hunter’s rookie of the year shop. They keep the cost down to 850 yen by using only salt as a seasoning. Elegant and refined.
Rich tonkotsu gyokai topped with up to six different kinds of churrasco meats. It’s kind of an overkill, in the best way possible.