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Oreryu Shio-Ramen!

Center City Shibuya's Udagawacho district has a ramen restaurant with a fabulous and famous style of ramen.

Spencer Amansick

Spencer Amansick

Published on 02 Aug, 12:00

There are a few restaurants that grab my attention in Shibuya, and this was about to be one of them.

Every visit to Shibuya is another wonderful opportunity to try something new, eat something delicious or experience something fun. Today was no different.

In Shibuya city center lies a ramen restaurant with a simple premise: big bowls of soup with meat, vegetables and eggs.

Street front opening
Street front opening

Although the formula for every ramen restaurant follows this same idea, I felt today was going to be different if I followed my instincts. If you walk down any given street in Japan, you will find a ramen restaurant. This restaurant seemed oddly different.

Large menu pictures are very helpful!
Large menu pictures are very helpful!
The cheese ramen looks delicious.
The cheese ramen looks delicious.
Spicy or Cheesy? Which do you prefer?
Spicy or Cheesy? Which do you prefer?

To my delight, I took a minute to look at the pictures and parts of the menu.

Top recommended ramens.
Top recommended ramens.

The pictures were one of a kind! They were large, full colors and the dishes looked absolutely delicious. I noticed that all the chicken was fried and the pork slices were larger than average.

Honestly, it was the open seating and the fact that the restaurant faces the street which was more than enough for me to choose this restaurant for dinner.

A very colorful ramen ticket vending machine.
A very colorful ramen ticket vending machine.

Upon approaching the front door, you are faced with the ticket machine. This machine had large print in both English and Japanese including the picture of each dish.

So many selections!
So many selections!
What ramen flavor do you prefer?
What ramen flavor do you prefer?

The front door slides open revealing an open walkway straight to the kitchen with open seating and large tables. This type of accommodation is not very common in most Japanese Ramen shops or any restaurant in the Shibuya area.

Very wide open space
Very wide open space

As you walk in, you can notice the great lighting filling each available space and music blasting from the speakers. Today's musical guest was The Beetles, The White Album; it was on repeat.

Great opening seating!
Great opening seating!

The room was well-themed with a cool monochromatic brown and white. The menu items were individually hanging on wood planks on the wall, very typical for Japanese-style restaurants. When I got to my table, there was also a physical menu, but with no surprise, the menu is 100% in Japanese.

A clean and simple set-up ready for deliciousness!
A clean and simple set-up ready for deliciousness!

Such a great painting that blends the new and old.
Such a great painting that blends the new and old.

I decided on trying the Special Ramen. I want to know what made the dish so special. First, the bowl's presentation is huge! I could not believe the size of the bowl in proportion to the contents.

The Famous Special Ramen
The Famous Special Ramen

However, the contents also matched the size of the bowl as there were healthy portions of marinated spinach, shredded and chopped leeks and green onions called Negi (ねぎ), Chashu (ちゃしゅ), which are fatty slices of braised pork, two large-sized marinated fried chicken pieces, and half runny semi hardboiled egg.

Special marinated half runny eggs.
Special marinated half runny eggs.

Marinated fried chicken, chili oil, sesame seeds and boiled spinach
Marinated fried chicken, chili oil, sesame seeds and boiled spinach

Every bite was delicious! I really enjoyed how the spice came at the end of each slurp. The sesame seeds and garlic added a unique finish that did not clash with the overall taste of the soup. The firm noodles also complemented the ramen dish by offsetting the new with the old. I can recognize the mastery in how the ramen was made from beginning to end.

Noodles are my favorite!
Noodles are my favorite!

While I was wrapping up my meal, I had the opportunity to discover the name of the ramen restaurant. They are called Oreryu Shio-Ramen. They also have a website:

https://oreryushio.co.jp/

俺流塩らーめん 渋谷センター街店

〒150-0042 東京都渋谷区宇田川町31−9 近藤ビル 1F

Oreryu Shio-Ramen is a nationwide chain and I was able to learn more of the menu in English. Be sure to check them out when you have a chance in your travels to Japan.

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Spencer Amansick

Spencer Amansick

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