Ippudo is a name that may be familiar to travellers before they get to Tokyo - but the tonkotsu ramen chain is still a solid choice when you’re looking for a quick meal in Roppongi - or any of its other Tokyo outlets.
Ippudo - image © Florentyna Leow
Even though Ippudo has opened up shops in many major cities worldwide - New York, Seoul, and Sydney, to name just a few - travelers to Japan still flock to Ippudo outlets in Japan. The cost-performance of a bowl of tonkotsu ramen here is still that much better than it is globally, and it still tastes best in its home country.
In the Roppongi outlet, you’ll see mostly salarymen and women from the surrounding offices popping in for a quick lunch.
One of the best parts about dining at Ippudo is customizing your ramen. Sure, there are already many choices to make at the outset - the white or red soup; garlic oil or none; intended toppings; noodle texture. But after it arrives at your table, you can doctor it even further with spicy beansprouts, salted pickled vegetables, pressed garlic, sesame seeds, and more. No two bowls will ever taste the same, which is half the fun when you’re eating at Ippudo. Having an English menu around also makes life that much easier when it comes to ordering lunch!
Almost as important as the ramen are the accompaniments. Those with the stomach space to spare should order mentaiko (seasoned pollock roe) rice alongside, or crispy, juicy, bite-sized pan-fried gyoza dumplings.
There are thousands of excellent ramen shops in Tokyo, and the globally-available Ippudo can seem tame by comparison. But if you’re just hankering for a simple bowl of Hakata-style ramen, Ippudo is the place to go.
4-9-11 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 106-0032
Friday and Saturday: 11am-5am
Sunday and national holidays: 11am-1am
Subway: 3-minute walk from exit 6 of Roppongi Station on the Toei Oedo line, and Tokyo Metro Hibiya line.
Official website (English)
:: Read customer reviews of Ippudo on TripAdvisor.
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