If you’re anything like me, when you’re travelling alone, the thought of sitting at a single table at a restaurant is slightly depressing.
Well slightly socially awkward friends it’s time to rejoice – if you’re in Tokyo that is! Ichiran have answered our wildest dreams and allow us to not only order our ramen from a machine but then sit in a singular booth.
Ichiran (http://www.ichiran.co.jp/sp/) has a few locations in Tokyo – the main two are in Uneo and Shibuya.
Warning: finding either of these restaurants is a challenge. It will take a long time. However do not fret ~ Ichiran is open 24 hours. Oh yes. Ramen any time of the day or night.
I myself chose to visit the shibuya restaurant. On first attempt I could not find it for the life of me (but this may have been due to the fact that I had just arrived from a 10hr flight, 4hrs sleep in 24hrs and had spent 8hrs sight seeing. See below the restaurants directions:
Good luck. Only kidding
- Take the Hachiko exit and diagonally cross the scramble crossong
- keep right and walk up the main shopping alley
- keep walking until you see a yellow cheesecake store on your right, turn right up this street
- turn left at the top of the street and look out for Ichiran on your right.
I warn that this restaurant has minimal signs and is somewhat elusive. However the journey to find it is worth it. Be prepared to eat the best ramen of your life.
Walking downstairs you will find a semi vending machine. Here insert your yen and choose your preferred meal. I went with the classic ramen and would recommend.
From here it’s time to select your perfect forever alone booth. Once sitting down fill in your order form – this allows you to choose specifics such a spice, garlic and how soft you would like your noodles (I would recommend medium). If you’re an English speaker like me, ring the bell in front of you and the friendly staff will bring you a form in English.
When you’re done ring the bell and a member of staff will take your order specifications. Now it’s time to sit back and wait…Now enjoy!
until next time.