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Tokyo restaurant Review: Michelin-starred Ginza Kagari Ramen

Famous Ginza Kagari Ramen is located hidden on an Ikebukuro backstreet. Try a Ramen made with creamy and rich Chicken broth here.

Misho

Misho

Published on 04 Jun, 12:00

Ginza Kagari's main branch is actually in Ginza. But the one we went to this time is in Ikebukuro.

Ikebukuro is accessible by the JR Lines, Tobu Tojo Line, Seibu Lines, and the Metro Lines. Even within the Metro Line, there are three lines namely Fukutoshin Line, Marunouchi Line, and Yurakucho Line. As you can see it is a very convenient location.

My favorite point about the location of this restaurant is that it is underground! The nearest line would be the Fukutoshin Line and it is under the area called Echika. It's such a little restaurant that you might miss it so please walk slowly and enjoy the row of shops before you reach the restaurant.

Ginza Kagari on Michelin Guide
Ginza Kagari on Michelin Guide

Now let's talk a bit about this Michelin Guide. Michelin Guides are actually a series of guide books which are published by the French tire company, Michelin for more than 100 years.

To be published in a Michelin Guide would mean the restaurant is of a certain level of quality. So you can imagine how good this restaurant would be to be listed for two consecutive years.

Even at 2 PM, we still had to queue. But I really think it's timing and luck because after we got in, the customers who came in after that didn't have to wait at all. While waiting outside, the staff came out to get our orders. We ordered their signature 鳥白湯 (Tori Paitan Soba).

Outside Ginza Kagari
Outside Ginza Kagari

We only waited for about 10 minutes before we were lead inside. There are 20 seats: table seats on the right, and counter seats on the left. We sat at the counter, in front of the chefs preparing our ramen.

The distance between each seat was quite far, probably the furthest I have ever experienced since the pandemic. There were plastic partitions between each customer at the counter.

Inside Ginza Kagari
Inside Ginza Kagari

At the table, there is a tiny menu, wet napkins, and toothpicks. They have soba, tsuke-soba which are noodles that are dipped in sauce and rice to pick from in case you want to add on anything else.

The rice serves as an extra bit to the noodles. It is not of the typical meal size. You can also add toppings to your noodles like eggs. We went for the totally basic one, which is already good enough for my portion.

Condiments & Chopsticks
Condiments & Chopsticks

Once you sit down, you will be served a cup of cold water, a pair of wooden chopsticks, and two types of condiments to look at while you wait for your noodles. On the left is deep-fried onions and on the right is grated ginger. The chef then passed us our ramen over the counter.

Tori Paitan Soba (JPY1000)
Tori Paitan Soba (JPY1000)

Let's talk about the ingredients first. There were 3 slices of really tender chicken, one sweet little tomato, a slice of radish, a chunk of bamboo shoot, a small slice of pumpkin, and a chunk of fluffy sweet potato.

I recommend you first try the soup. I guarantee you will be touched. I actually closed my eyes to savor it. It was SO good. The depth of the chicken broth was fantastic. The yumminess was absolutely heavenly.

There's something so creamy, so rich, so deep that it touches the inside of your soul, as dramatic as that sounds. But really, it's something that I highly recommend on cold winter days like now especially if you add the grated ginger in.

The noodles were chewy and went so very well with the delicious heavenly soup. Eating it with deep-fried onions was really good too. I thought it was missing an egg because which ramen doesn't have an egg?

But no, this was perfect on its own. I love it. Everything went so well with each other. I couldn't stop drinking the soup until the very last drop.

Overall, for such delicious ramen at such an affordable price, I really don't think it matters that it was on the Michelin Guide or not. No reservations are allowed so do go during the stranger hours so that you can get in quickly.

I give a 5.5/5 for this. Nothing bad about this entire experience at all. I can't wait to come back and try the other things on their menu.

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Misho

Misho

I love eating and traveling. Always in search for the next good place for food and beautiful views. Come join me on my adventures!

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