T’s Tantan is probably Tokyo’s most high-profile vegan ramen group. Their sesame-based, zesty tantanmen is popular with tourists and locals alike.
T’s Tantan – Go-To Vegan Ramen in Tokyo
There aren’t that many Tokyo vegan ramen restaurants to begin with. But even if there were, T’s Tantan would stand stall. Their main restaurant, simply called T’s Restaurant, is in Jiyugaoka, an upscale neighborhood of Tokyo.
However, it’s their Tokyo station restaurant that gets the most traffic. You have to go inside Tokyo station itself (Keiyo Street shopping area). T’s also has branches in Ueno, Ikebukuro, and both Narita and Haneda airports.
Gold Sesame Tantanmen
As the name would suggest, they specialize in tantanmen, a spicy ramen derived from dan dan noodles. But their tantanmen isn’t that spicy…and it’s 100% vegan! Think of their gold sesame tantanmen as the gold standard.
The gold sesame-based soup is smooth and creamy. The thick ball on the left adds extra nuttiness to that soup, along with the sesame seeds. As is the case with all their ramen, you’ll find plenty of crunchy and colorful greens.
As for protein, minced soy meat provide a sweet crumbly contrast to the vegetables. Thin noodles mop it all up.
Black Sesame Tantanmen
This is another popular menu item. If you’re looking for a smokier, sweeter flavor (instead of a nutty, creamy one), this black sesame tantanmen is for you.
You have similar vegetables and the same tasty minced soy meat. But there’s a sharpness from purple pickled cabbage. Overall, the black sesame tantanmen hits harder in the flavor department.
The same noodles ensure that this stronger flavored soup is properly picked up.
Other Seasonal Ramen
T’s Tantan isn’t afraid to revamp their menu from time to time. This includes seasonal ramen – like the shoyu (soy sauce) ramen below. It features a host of spring vegetables, including baby corn and spinach.
Instead of minced soy meat, there’s a slab of broiled tofu for protein. T’s even has their own official vegan instant ramen (3 different types), which you can buy here (shipped overseas): LINK
In short, if vegan ramen or vegetarian ramen is what you seek, T’s Tantan is there for you!
T’s Main Restaurant Hours: 11:30 am ~ 9 pm (open every day)
T’s Tokyo Station Restaurant Hours: 10 am ~ 10 pm (open every day)