Ramen is widely acknowledged as Tokyo's premier post-drinking gourmet pleasure, but finding the right shop to satisfy your cravings can be a little challenging with all that alcohol clouding your decision-making. A solution to this dilemma is offered by the so-called ramen bar (or ramen izakaya), which combines the worlds of sipping and slurping. Opened in May 2016 a quick stroll east from Roppongi Station, Furumen is the work of Koei Furukawa, the man behind Nishi-Azabu gourmet izakaya Furuken, and takes the noodles-and-booze recipe one step further with refined, light shoyu ramen. The double soup (chicken and tuna) goes nicely with the medium-thick noodles – we recommend ordering the basic ramen (¥850) first and exploring the side menu with its eggs and wontons later. Don't miss out on the Ni-Anago Don (¥500), a rice bowl topped with steamed conger eel that combines well with beer or sake, or the Niboshio Shoyu (dried sardine soy sauce, often used with sushi) ramen. Contrarians can go for some tsukemen, which was recently added to the menu.
3-4-31 Roppongi, Minato-ku
|Opening hours:||11.30am-3.30pm, 6pm-12midnight (Fri until 3am) / closed Sun|
|Transport:||Roppongi-Itchome Station (Namboku line), exit 1; Roppongi Station (Oedo line), exit 5; (Hibiya line), exit 3|