For miso ramen in Akasaka, Akasaka Ittenbari (赤坂一点張) is the top choice. With massive portions, choose a base of miso or a blend of both miso and soy sauce for the ramen.
Akasaka Mori (All Toppings): ¥1,000
Akasaka Miso Ramen Options
You don’t have to order from a vending machine at Ittenbari. They have a handy menu with photos and English. You have a choice of miso, spicy miso, awase (miso and soy sauce), or shio.
I feel like the miso ramen is the way to go. The cordial blend of Kyoto and Hokkaido miso stands out best. “Awase” (soy sauce and miso) is most popular but a little too busy and salty for my taste.
The soup is pork bones, chicken bones, and some fish. It’s light, goes down smooth, and isn’t too thick. “All toppings” comes with big pieces of tougher, old-school chashu pork.
The portions are massive, so do come hungry. Akasaka Ittenbari is also known for fried rice (chahan) and cripsy gyoza (fried dumplings).
Since the ’70s
This ramen shop boasts a fairly long history. They got their start in the 1970s. It does feel a bit retro inside.
Popular with the salaryman crowd
In conclusion, for miso ramen in Akasaka, it doesn’t get better than Akasaka Ittenbari.
Shop Hours: 11 am ~ 4 am (closed on Sundays, Holidays)
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