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The dandan noodle and soy-sauce ramen are especially popular at this restaurant. The chef pairs each broth with the right homemade ramen noodles with c...
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One MICHELIN Star: High quality cooking, worth a stop!
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Reviewed March 5, 2021

My experience at Nakiryu was good. The staff that greeted me in line spoke English which helped when I needed to buy my ticket for the ramen. My wait in line was exactly 30 minutes at 1:00pm on a Wednesday. Of course it probably went...quicker due to the state of emergency. Of all the ramen places I've tried, this one had the most hand-sanitizer (a bottle between each person) and comfortable spacing. I chose the spicy ramen at the normal level and it was deliciously fresh and appropriately spiced. Overall, I thought it was excellent. However, I don't think I would crave it enough to go back. I've had more ramen in Tokyo that gives you that desperate feeling that you get with those ramen cravings. Of course, everyone should try a Michelin star Ramen place!More

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed February 22, 2020

I am not a big fan of tantanmen, so I went to Nakiryu for their Tokusei Shoyu. But if you want this special shoyu bowl, do not go for dinner, as they do not have it available. For dinner there is only a regular, rather...Spartan shoyu ramen. Yes, it is a great soup, with a broad range of flavours and a great taste, thin, chewy thin noodles, but I must confess that it was not good enough to compensate for the long wait in line and the disappointment of the limited menu in the evening. The so-called charsiu rice was nice, but not out of this world. I’m sure a French food critic was impressed with this ramen, but maybe he/she did not have to wait 50 minutes in line to find a limited menu waiting. It ends up being an unintentional tourist trap. Great service, nice people...and their tantanmen looks fabulous..More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed January 11, 2020 via mobile

Get there an hour early ... play on your phone and get over it, this wait’s worth it. A wonderful full bodied ramen - the broth has depth, roundness and spice - noodles are chew-licious (get the extra serving or die w regret) pork perfect,...luscious perfectly soft boiled egg, flavorful sides. I ordered, but was not as taken w the fatty pork - was a bit common. Wished I’d ordered 1,2, maybe 3 bowls of ramen to go. Just lovely. Great service. Easy ordering (just be sure to have cash) staff helpful throughout the process.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed January 2, 2020

We arrived 30 minutes early and waited 3 hours for a seat. If we had ben a little earlier I think the wait would have been much less. It's rumored they only serve the first 100 people. The loded ramen was outstanding but the rice...with pork was my favorite! We were in line with people that travel the world looking for the best ramen. If you can't wait try Devil's ramen.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed November 14, 2019 via mobile

This was 150% worth the hour and half wait time. We got to the place at 11am (30mins before opening time) and there were already 26 people in front of us. Take some entertainment with you because you will be waiting at the very least...1hr to get in. We ordered the Deluxe Tantanmen and it was divine. The broth is so full of flavour (slightly on the sour side) but absolutely delicious. The coriander on the side qas perfect (you have to order this separately). The serving size is quite decent so go with an appetite! Also, orders are placed through a vending machine and it only accepts 1,000 yen notes. Enjoy!More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed October 16, 2019

This is certainly the best ramen I ate. We came at 18:00 when it opened , and had to wait for 2 hours in line!!! Small place. 10 people eat at a time. There's a machine in the entrance where you order ( they help...you...) and you can choose excellent toppings for your soup and tasty side dishes. I had the soya flavoured ramen, my friends had the spicy... and we all loved it!!!! Highly recommended!!!More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed October 4, 2019 via mobile

Wow, this place is amazing. I am always skeptical of Michelin Star restaurants (they are usually about fancy food, not tasty food!) but this place exceeded my expectations! We arrived at 10:15 for an 11:30 Opening. We were #4 and 5 in line (which means...we got the first seating as there are only 10 seats there). We received a menu (in Japanese and English) and prepped our order so when we went in, we were ready. You must pay cash. You but tickets at the machine, take the tickets, and then sit down. Everything we had was excellent! The service was awesome. I couldn’t have been happier with this meal and experience!More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed September 8, 2019 via mobile

We had to stand (sit on a metal fence) for an hour and ten minutes. It was really hot that day so we were given umbrellas by the staff during the wait. We were given a menu before entering, which was labelled in English and...had numbers next to each option. Using the machine to select the order was really easy and the staff helped. The food was quality, worth every penny, which wasn’t a lot. We had orders of lots of different ramen and toppings, and all agreed it was the best thing we’d eaten that week in Tokyo. Definitely go if you have the time, as we entered as a five, the staff waited until there were five seats free and let us all go in together. I think there were around 10 seats in total so maybe call ahead if you have a party bigger than that.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed August 18, 2019

First of all let me clarify one point. This got a Michelin guide, and not a Michelin star. Small difference but a difference nevertheless. Cons- Long long wait on the street. we waited for about 2 hours with no idea on how long the wait...time was. would have been nice for staff to inform us Pros- The best Ramen we had in tokyo. The wait i guess was worth it. The Hot Tantanmen ramen was the best of the lot.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed August 2, 2019

What a disappointment! How Nakiryu earned a Michelin Star is beyond me. Come if you enjoy a long wait for a bland bowl of raman with curt staff urging you to eat quickly so they can get the next customer in.

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed July 5, 2019

What can I say that others haven’t! It earned a Michelin Star for its Tantanmen ramen! It was heavenly orange light broth w tender pork cuttings and shrimp wonton and egg as topping and add the extra noodles! The short line was 1.5 hours long...getting there st 130 and inside by 3 pm. Definitely worth the wait!More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed June 3, 2019 via mobile

Best ramen ever. We had to wait about 2 hours but it was totally worth the wait!! I would Definitely recommend it everyone!

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed May 16, 2019

The wait here is ridiculous, and can be over 2 hours long. That said, it was definitely worth the wait, though I may never want to do it again. I think it was more for the fact that I was able to each Michelin starred...ramen. The tantanmen here was delicious! Better than I had actually expected. The nuttiness, the spiciness, and the flavor of the broth was perfectly executed. The noodles were great, and adding egg, meat, and wontons were a real treat.More

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed April 15, 2019 via mobile

We got to this restaurant at 11:15am and of course there was a long line already. We finally sat down around 2pm. Best ramen I’ve ever had. Ticket machine to take your order. We of course got the Michelin Star winning noodles, the tantanmen. We...added a side of bamboo shoots, extra noodles (trust me just get it) fatty pork and the thin sliced pork. The thin sliced pork tastes like good quality ham. I wouldn’t say it’s worth the 3 hour wait but like I said it’s definitely the best ramen I’ve ever had so would I do it again, probably if I had the time. Next time I would skip the thin sliced pork and get an extra order or the fatty pork.More

Date of visit: April 2019
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Reviewed April 1, 2019 via mobile

We came here for lunch ramen. We arrived at 1050am for the 1130 opening. Already there were 28 people ahead of us. So for lunch sitting maybe better to arrive at 1030 at least? There are only 10 seats so we did not go in...until 1245. So the food is tasty, for sure. However I find that the broth is far too rich and fatty for me. It had a decent flavour but as I got the spicy version the broth flavour itself is not so evident. The toppings were the highlight for me. Egg perfectly cooked, ham very tasty. Definitely go for an extra portion of noodle because you will want to savour this Michelin experience. All in all I would say it is worth trying once. I wouldn't queue again or if I did I would go a lot earlier to avoid waiting outside for so long. I would also say that there are a lot of good ramen places in Tokyo so I would not feel too sad if I missed out.More

Date of visit: April 2019
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I went during the week and got there around 5pm as well. There was nobody there and the queue didn’t really form until around 5:30pm. We got in right away for the first seating because we got there so early, but if you miss... More
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5