Get your tickets and wait in line!
What is your favorite city for food in the world? Tokyo. They have more Michelin starred restaurants than any other city in the world, but you can find anything. I love the street food and little markets. – Kimberly Fisher
Tsuta Ramen is one of the most in-demand restaurants in Tokyo, and it may be the best place to get a bowl of ramen in Japan—and that’s saying a lot! Despite the unassuming wooden façade and intimate space, this ramen shop has been making waves in the culinary world ever since it was awarded a Michelin star in 2016. Getting a table is an adventure itself, and hopeful diners need to arrive early for a chance of snagging a reservation. Master chef Onishi-san begins handing out tickets at 8am, and each person can only receive one. Tickets require a ¥1000 deposit (about $10) and are usually gone by noon, so those hoping to stop by on the fly won’t have much luck. But if you’ve arrived early enough to get a ticket, you’re in for a real treat. Be sure to try the Shoyu (soy sauce) ramen as it is the shop’s specialty. It’s served with bamboo shoots, chasu and boiled egg, and it has enough noodles to satisfy any appetite. The Shio (salt-based) ramen with chasu, menma and tamago is also recommended, and both options are incredibly filling. Each bowl of ramen can cost as much as ¥1000, but it’s well-worth the price.
Address: 1-14-1 Sugamo, Toshima 170-0002, Tokyo Prefecture
Phone: +81 3-3943-1007