Thursday, July 13, 2017

博多一瑞亭 (Hakata Issuitei in Shinjuku)



Great Hakata-style tonkotsu ramen is tough to find in Tokyo, especially if you've had the stuff in Kyushu. Tokyo loses a bit of the vibe, and residents complain about the smell. So shops cut corners, or go out of business. Shops like Tanaka Shoten are great, but not so convenient.


When a native Japanese friend from Kyushu told me that his favorite spot in Tokyo is just down the road in Shinjuku, I had to go. Seven bowls of ramen please!


I was on one of my group tours, and we were hungry after the 15 minute walk from Shinjuku Station.


Solid. This bowl was on the rough side. I know some people like their tonkotsu ramen silky smooth and white, but I'll take a flavorful bowl with bits of pork fat any day.


The egg is good, but not necessary.


Quite a big shop, so it worked out well for our group tour.



Crushed it!


Tokyo, Shinjuku, Shinjuku 1-4-12
Closest station: Shinjuku

Open 11:00-23:00

1 comment:

  1. Nice location--especially right above a station on the Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line. In fact, I'd suggest you compile a list of good ramen-ya within close walking distance of a stations on the Tokyo Metro Ginza and Marunouchi Lines and the JR East Yamanote Line, since most foreign visitors get familiar with these rail lines first.