Among Daikanyama ramen shops, Ramen Kojiro 526 (らーめん 526) stands out. Their Jiro-inspired, garlic-heavy ramen is overflowing with thick noodles and bean sprouts.
There aren’t many noteworthy restaurants for ramen in Daikanyama. Ramen Kojiro 526 (らーめん こじろう 526) therefore has a comfy head start. But even without this, they’d still be in the running. Technically, the restaurant is nestled between Shibuya and Daikanyama stations.
Daikayama Ramen, Jiro-Style
Jiro-kei means big. Even the regular sized ramen here takes time to finish. At the very beginning it’s like you’re burrowing through a bean sprout mountain. Then you hit gold – an oily and heavy soy sauce broth greets you.
They’ll ask if you want garlic or not. If you say yes, you’ll get plenty, just like at Jiro.
Lastly, the wheaty noodles are super chewy and are made fresh by the in-house machine every day.
Owner Koyabashi-san is always an interesting guy to talk to. I’m not sure about his English level but I imagine he’d make an effort!
Much like at Jiro, the interior of Kojiro is gritty and simple. That’s all you need – a chair to sit and some chopsticks.
Kojiro is at the very top of the Daikanyama ramen mountain.