Brian MacDuckston is the only foreign food critic among a small group of professionals focussing on ramen. He is a ramen critic for Japan’s top ramen magazine Ramen Walker (ラーメンWalker Kadokawa Publishing), has been to over 1500 shops, has published two books on the subject, and has appeared on television as a ramen expert many times. A full list of projects can be seen here.
Brian speaks English and Japanese and loves showing media, people in the restaurant business, and travelers his favorite restaurants both ramen and non-ramen. A native of San Francisco, Brian has eaten ramen in every Japanese prefecture and 20 different countries around the world.
If you or your group are coming to Tokyo with food in mind, I am happy to provide private food tours. I have given hundreds of food tours since 2013 for chefs, food writers, restaurant groups, and tourists.
Tours run anytime and are entirely private. My most popular tour has been ramen-ramen where we hit up two (or three!) ramen shops in a row. I’ll take you to shops that are a bit off the tourist radar, but usually on the ramen nerd’s radar. The cost is $120 a person for a ramen tour, all-inclusive. Ramen-Yakitori and Ramen-Izakaya cost a little more to cover the costs of food.
I’m happy to do higher-end dining tours as well, but I usually only do this if you’ve taken a tour before or if you are referred by a mutual friend. I prefer to understand your dining preferences before embarking into the world of Japanese fine dining. I’d hate to take a lover of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti to my favorite natural wine bar!
Cancellations: There is a $100 cancellation charge within a month of booking. Within three days I cannot offer a refund.