Thursday, March 19, 2015

Pigeon hole dinner at Ichiran ramen @ Shibuya, Tokyo

Having ramen in Ichiran was an unique experience. The serving was fast and its delicious. The restaurant is located at the basement of a building in Shibuya. As you enter the shop, you need to order your ramen via a vending machine. Choose on the type of ramen that you like based on the pictures. After you have purchased your ramen from the vending machine, the hostess will give you a piece of paper to specify your preferences of your ramen. You need to specify the thickness of the broth, richness level of the taste, the size of onions, garlic amount, noodles texture and option to have their sliced pork. Then you will go to the hall and seat to a booth where you are separated from others. This is pigeon hole concept. Then a person who you can't see will take your ticket and gives your your ramen. After that she just shuts the window and let you eat in isolation. Ichiran ramen is a chain restaurant and currently have more than 40 stores around Tokyo.

Taste:9/10(Delicious. You are able to customize your ramen according to your preferences. From the noodles texture to the richness of the broth are customizable. The broth was flavourful and spicy).
Price:6/10(Moderate. The basic ramen with sliced pork price at 780 Yen).


My delicious bowl of spicy ramen.


Walking down the stairs from the street of Shibuya.

Order your ramen from vending machine.

The serving is via this window. The staff will take your ticket and the form that you fill up. Then she will give you your ramen and shut the window.

How it works.


My booth is separated from others. If you come with friends, you may fold the separator by half.

Cold water provided from the tap.



My bowl of spicy ramen. The difference of Ichiran ramen compared to other ramen stores is they have special spicy sauce. The sliced pork is tender and taste good.

The broth were rich and ample amount of onions.

Ichiran ramen signboard which able to see from Inokashira road.

GPS/Coordinate: 35.661158, 139.700969
Address: 1-22-7 Jinnan | Iwamoto Bldg. B1F, Shibuya 150-0041, Tokyo Prefecture
Public transport: Shibuya station via Tokyo metro or JR lines.

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