I probably would never have come to this shop if it hadn't been for a TV shooting I was involved in.
X21. On Asahi TV Friday nights.
Well, the theme of this show was ramen that is popular with foreigner. Naritaya's customer base is 90% foreign. You heard me, 90%.
I was as surprised as you. Sure, this is located in the middle of Asakusa, one of Tokyo's most touristy neighborhoods, but that number seems crazy for a country of, well, Japanese people.
The master explained it perfectly.
The shop is Halal certified, and a bit of a destination for Muslims wanting to try something Japanese. Dietary restrictions can be a nightmare in Japan, and a shop like this is an oasis.
The ramen wasn't really to my liking, I found it too garlicky, with herbs and vegetables being used to replace the non-halal meats and alcohol that gives ramen a lot of its signature umami flavors.
But if you are strict halal, your ramen options are either this place, or my recommendation of Oka.
Fun TV shoot, though.
Tokyo, Koto-ku, Asakusa 2-7-13
Closest station: Asakusa