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Ramen Jiro (ラーメン二郎)

famous tokyo ramen shop

Takadanobaba's Ramen Jiro

A new grocery store opened up near our apartment while we were in Japan. I noticed this ramen shop in front of the grocery store frequently had a long line in front of it. One day, when the line wasn’t too long and the grocery shopping could wait, I decided to give it a try.

takadanobaba ramen jiro

Ramen Jiro (ラーメン二郎)

It turns out that Ramen Jiro is like no other ramen I’ve had before or since. I ordered the regular version–even though you have the option of extra (or less) garlic, pork, pork fat, vegetables (mostly sprouts but also some cabbage), and spiciness. The amount of garlic, pork, and sprouts was incredible for a regular bowl. The taste was really good for the first dozen or so bites/slurps, but I was full less than halfway through. I labored on but still didn’t finish it all and felt rather sick after.

I would certainly go back (now that much time has passed) and hope to get something smaller. I would also go much lighter on the garlic. I love garlic (にんにく) but this amount was ridiculous. You’ll want lots of water in any case.

If you want to give this one a try, the address is 豊島区 高田 3-17-8. As the sign says, Ramen Jiro is only open for 4 hours a day (and closed two days a week), or until they run out of noodles–whichever comes first, so you have a very narrow window of opportunity.

One Response to “Ramen Jiro (ラーメン二郎)”

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    Wow. There’s a branch down here in Yokohama that’s always packed. I’ve eaten there twice. It’s a true maniac’s ramen and would only recommended if you are really hungry or a death wish. The overdose of garlic and pork is crazy mad. Good post.