Ishin | 維新
Style: Shoyu & Shio w/ Chicken & Niboshi
Bowl to Crush: Toku Shoyu Ramen | 特醤油らぁ麺
'Ishin' means restoration in Japanese. Shop master Kouta Nagasaki studied at ZUND-BAR (aka the original AFURI) way out in the deep countryside hills of Atsugi. The original Ishin opened in Yamato City in Kanagawa Prefecture in 2004 and closed in 2006. Nagasaki-san then re-opened the shop near Yokohama station in 2008, before relocating his flagship to Meguro in 2013 (the shop in Yokohama is now their sister shop, Chuuka soba Ishin Shouten). Ishin is now one of the best ramen options in the Meguro area.
The specialty here is shoyu ramen, or tori soba. Ishin does it right. Think: deep clear-brown shoyu soup, blanketed with a thin layer of chiyu, handmade straight noodles and choice toppings. The standard bowl comes with succulent tori chashu and buta chashu, as well as soft, succulent wontons. There are other offerings too, like a lighter yuzu shio ramen, niboshi ramen, and tsukemen. Located just a 2-3 minute walk from Meguro station, this shop is conveniently located for a quick strike and shouldn’t be missed.
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 11am-3pm, 5:30pm-10pm; Sat & Holidays: 11am-10pm; Sun: 11am-3pm (or until the soup runs out)
Days Closed: None
3-4-1 Kami Osaki, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo