Manriki | 卍力
Style: Spice Ramen
Bowl to Crush: Spice Tokusei Ramen | スパイス・特製ラー麺
The ramen master behind Manriki apprenticed at Kikanbou, the famed spicy miso-tonkotsu shop in Kanda. He has borrowed liberally from the Kikanbou ethos, but given the shop its own distinctive concept.
The two kanji characters in the name mean "Buddhist power." Inside the shop, Buddhist swastikas are emblazoned everywhere, from the walls down to the ramen bowls. Instead of the booming taiko drumming that plays on repeat at Kikanbou, Persian-sounding beats and horns pump through Manriki's cozy quarters.
As soon as you walk through the door, you'll get a blast of the shop's signature spices. The soup here is unforgettable. It references spicy miso ramen, but it has so many exotic flavors melded together that it's a bowl without a genre. We're still trying to decode this spice profile. Red chili and Sichuan peppercorns deliver the kick, while Indian curry notes keep us guessing. The bowl is topped off with a generous portion of cilantro. Outstanding.
Opening Hours: Thu-Tue: 11:30am-2:30pm, 5pm-9:30pm
Days Closed: Wednesday
3-16-5 Nishi-Kasai, Edogawa-ku, Tokyo
東京都江戸川区西葛西3-16-5 スワームマンション 1F