It isn't often that I am really wowed by a ramen shop. Sure, I have stellar slurps all the time, but it takes more, like a funky atmosphere or interesting sides to make me look twice.
Donryu had both. This Kyushu-style shop is covered, ceiling to floor, with graffiti that just happens to be the menu.
Go ahead and get a bottle of shochu and some sides before you even think about ramen.
I drink mine on the rocks. A side of beef tendon stew is the perfect match. The only thing better would be . . .
. . . fresh mentaiko. I was told that this mentaiko, from Fukuya, is some of the best in Japan.
The ramen is above average, and Kyushu to the core. A bit less stinky than other shops of this nature, but still full of flavor and a kind of meaty-creamy-umami that you can only get from boiling pork bones for many, many hours.
Kaedama, an extra serving of noodle, is a must.
I made a video with #TokyoExtra here. The show always has an added way to make the meal better, dubbed Brian's Extra. Well, I suggested Donryu for their mentaiko extra. When we showed up to shoot, they were out. Check out our last minute edit here:
Tokyo, Minato-ku, Higashi Shimbashi 1-2-13
Closest station: Shimbashi