“With a ‘curtain’ and a ‘dividing board’, each seat is divided into a
semi-private room, where you can focus on the flavors of your ramen without
having to worry about anything that’s happening around you.”
Isn’t Ichiran‘s concept special? It makes dining here a little more zen and different, haha.
This is a famous ramen chain from Fukuoka and there’s multiple outlets in Tokyo as well. I couldn’t find the address of the one we went to but if you walk in the direction from Harajuku to Shibuya, you will find it along the way. As we did~
If it’s your first time at an Ichiran joint and you can’t understand Japanese, the system can be a little confusing. Fear not! Follow my guide here and you will be enjoying your own made-to-order ramen in no time.
Step 1: Buy the tickets at the vending machine by the entrance.
Step 2: Check the “directory” for available cubicles.
Step 3: Enter the restaurant!
Step 4: Find your cubicle. Hand your ticket to the staff behind the screen and you will receive an order sheet.
Step 5: Customise the ramen of your dreams! Choose the flavour strength, richness (fat content), garlic, onion, roast pork fillet, Ichiran’s “secret sauce” using red pepper as a base, and the noodles’ tenderness to your own liking.
Step 6: Eat! The tonkotsu soup is oishii!
Step 7: Order an egg cuz I love ramen eggs~ This comes separately, and still in its shell.
But sadly, Ichiran’s overcooked egg is a fail in my ramen book. No runny yolk, sigh.
Step 8: Get an extra serving of noodles? I know you can’t resist 🙂