Located two minutes on foot from Kojimachi Station, Soranoiro opened back in 2011 and has become such a local hit that they've since expanded to two more venues near Tokyo Station and Kyobashi, all with their own distinct menus.
At the main Kojimachi branch, the bowl to go for is their original Special Veggie Soba, which includes a rich soup made of carrot purée, paprika-flavoured noodles, generous vegetable toppings and an egg, while their Vegan Ramen omits the egg and adds more veg. Their meaty options are 'Special Umami Dashi Soba' and Shio Umami Dashi Soba, both of which come in a clear yet deeply flavoursome soup. They've also very kindly priced all their ramen at ¥1,100 – a bit more than your average bowl in Tokyo, but considering the amount of ingredients going in, not excessive.
Defying the conventional concept of the greasy delicacy that is ramen, these healthy varieties have proven especially popular with Tokyo's ramen-loving ladies and local office workers. In another twist, Soranoiro even has hair ties at the ready for those not wanting their loose hair to dip into the broth.
Blue Bldg 1B, 1-3-10 Hirakawacho, Chiyoda-ku
|Opening hours:||Mon-Fri, hols 11am-10.15pm / closed Sat, Sun|
|Transport:||Kojimachi Station (Yurakucho line); Hanzomon Station (Hanzomon line)|