Monday, February 29, 2016

Best 50 Ramen Shops According to Tabelog

The most popular restaurant ranking site in Japan released an official Top 50 Ramen list in 2016. Here they are, with links to the ones I have visited. I have bolded shops that are in my book.
  1. 道 - Michi - Tokyo
  2. 和 dining 清乃 - Seino - Wakayama
  3. 一燈 - Itto - Tokyo
  4. 八雲 - Yakumo - Tokyo
  5. 饗 くろ喜 - Motenashi Kuroki - Tokyo
  6. 和海 - Nagomi - Hyogo
  7. こうかいぼう - Kokaibo - Tokyo
  8. 鶏喰 - Trick - Kanagawa
  9. 中華そば屋 伊藤 - Ito - Tokyo
  10. 煮干鰮らーめん 圓 - En - Tokyo
  11. 麺処 晴 - Haru - Tokyo
  12. 麺屋 丈六 - Joroku - Osaka
  13. 金田家 - Kanadaya - Fukuoka
  14. 麺尊RAGE - Tokyo
  15. ラーメン家 みつ葉 - Mitsuba - Nara
  16. 麺屋 NOROMA - Nara
  17. 金色不如帰 - Hototogisu - Tokyo
  18. 田中商店 - Tanakashoten - Tokyo
  19. らぁ麺やまぐち - Yamaguchi - Tokyo
  20. しば田 - Shibata - Tokyo(I went! Post coming soon)
  21. 大和 - Yamato - Tochigi
  22. イチカワ - Ichikawa - Ibaraki
  23. 中華そば よしかわ - Yoshikawa - Saitama
  24. ラーメン 巌哲 - Gantetsu - Tokyo
  25. 煮干しつけ麺 宮元 - Miyamoto - Tokyo(I went! Post coming soon)
  26. 和心 武庫之荘店 - Nagomi Mukonosu - Hyogo
  27. むさし野 - Musashino - Chiba
  28. 蘭鋳 - Ranchu - Tokyo
  29. 多賀野 - Tagano - Tokyo(I went! Post coming soon)
  30. うえまち - Uemachi - Osaka
  31. らぁ麺 すぎ本 - Sugimoto - Tokyo
  32. 伊吹 - Ibuki - Tokyo(I went! Post coming soon)
  33. らーめん工房 龍 - Ryu - Fukuoka
  34. ようすけ - Yosuke - Tochigi
  35. 麺屋 極鶏 - Gokei - Kyoto
  36. 麺屋 彩未 - Saimi - Hokkaido
  37. らーめん鱗 西中島店 - Uroko Nishinakajima - Osaka
  38. 麺や而今 - Jikon - Osaka
  39. らーめん 弥七 - Yashichi - Osaka
  40. 麺処 きなり - Kinari - Tokyo
  41. 無法松 - Muhomatsu - Fukuoka
  42. とみ田 - Tomita - Chiba
  43. 豚星 - Butaboshi - Kanagawa
  44. 彩色ラーメン きんせい夢風 - Kinsemufu - Osaka
  45. らぁ麺屋 飯田商店 - Idashoten - Kanagawa
  46. 進化 - Shinka - Tokyo
  47. 燦燦斗 - Sansanto - Tokyo
  48. 南京ラーメン 黒門 - Kuromon - Fukuoka
  49. 四つ葉 - Yotsuba - Saitama
  50. Japanese Soba Noodles 蔦 - Tsuta - Tokyo
The original list can be found over at the Tabelog site.

I like this list. Personally, it gives me a solid selection of Osaka and Fukuoka shops to check out this year, as well as a few more in Tokyo that I haven't been to. Goals in life are good.

This list isn't a direct representation of Tabelog's user base. Tabelog operates on a 5 star system, and is purely based on user's ratings. Generally, anything with more than 4 stars is considered an amazing restaurant. In my dealings with food of all types, this is normally true. But, if you look at the flat out rankings, some shops that are in the general top 10 for ramen, such as Orenoramen Apare, aren't in this list of 50 at all. I'm not sure who curated this list, but I would love to know their reasons for leaving off the shop that I consider my favorite in Japan. And Tsuta, despite their Michelin star and high numerical score, looks to have been snidely added at the very bottom.

I was also really happy that this list re-ignited memories of some of my old favorites. In the search for ramen, we sometimes neglect some shops after visiting once. Number 28, Ranchu, is a perfect example . . . and it's only a 10 minute bicycle ride from my house.

40 / 50 is almost there. Wish me luck!

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