Kinryu | らーめん金竜
Style: Miso Ramen
Bowl to Crush: Miso Ramen (味噌らーめん)
Kinryu is in the cuts. The nearest station is Goko, which is way out in Chiba prefecture on the Shin-Kesei train line, a full hour from Shinjuku. From Goko station, the ramen shop is still a 12-minute walk. If you're already in the vicinity, well done. This place is special.
Kinryu has been serving the same menu since it opened over 50 years ago. It's a family-owned and family-operated establishment. They serve miso ramen, gyoza, and menma to go with your ice-cold beer. And that's about it.
Kinryu uses red miso and the soup has a slightly granulated texture. It's also packed with spice. The dish comes topped with mitsuba, a Japanese herb, which the staff shred for you from an old metal machine sitting on the counter. Because the mitsuba is freshly shredded, the flavors really explode into the soup. The noodles appear to be handmade – thick, wavy and firm. There's also a generous serving of bean sprouts. The soup is so rich and flavorful, the sprouts really help freshen it up.
Kinryu hasn't changed since it opened decades ago. We've never eaten another ramen shop that tastes quite like it. High marks for originality and endurance.
Kinryu's gyoza are tasty and worth an order, but their menma (pickled bamboo shoots) is incredible. This is some of the best menma we've found – soft and sweet, marinated in some a soy base. Menma comes free if you order beer, but you can also get it as a side dish. Be sure to order one or the other, since the menma isn't included with the ramen, which is kind of insane given how good it is.
Kinryu | らーめん金竜（らーめんきんりゅう）
Opening Hours: 11:30am-2:45pm, 6pm-8:45pm
Days Closed: Wednesday & Thursday