For ramen in Sugamo, Menya Imamura (麺や いま村) makes a savory impression. Their specialty is a creamy chicken ramen blended with niboshi.
Shoyu or Shio
Simple – choose either a shoyu or shio base. The shoyu (soy sauce) provides a bolder base and shio (salt), a brighter one. They have an English menu too!
The broth is great – a creamy richness from the chicken bones (tori paitan) and a bitterness from the niboshi (dried sardines). Minced white raw onions and green negi break up bitterness and tomatoes add some welcome acidity.
The chicken slices are grilled on charcoal right in front of you.
In addition, there’s a little plate of diced mushrooms and ginger to add as you like. Finally, the noodles are medium-thick and properly firm. I only wish the broth was a little thicker for the broth to cling to the noodles a bit more. But that’s minor 🙂
I talk about this ramen shop from 4:06 in the video below!
Grand Choice for Ramen in Sugamo
In summary, Menya Imamura serves grand ramen in Sugamo. On a side note, their staff are super friendly.