Notice: Kagari Ginza (Honten / head shop) is temporarily closed because of moving or rebuilt. And Echika fit Ginza branch is temporarily closed because of under repair.
But Kagari Echika Fit Ginza within walking distance from the shop is still available.
Otemachi branch and Ikebukuro Echika fit branch is available.
Ramen shop having Michelin star
Finally, I visited Kagari that have great popularity.
Kagari is located in Ginza area.
They have started their business in 2013. They soon won them popularity. I know people used to have to wait for two or three hours.
Even now, there are long lines in front of the shop at lunchtime on weekends.
But when I got to there after work on workday, there were only (only?) 7 people in front of the shop. It was past 6 p.m.
Almost all people seemed to be tourists from abroad. I followed the line and waited for about 20 minutes.
Attention. There’re some rules to wait in line. Because Kagari stand along the narrow alley, staffs watch line carefully lest they are trouble for shops and restaurants nearby.
Great number of tourists from abroad visit this shop, so the message is written in both English and Japanese.
Menu, too. The staff handed it to me while waiting and he took my order after a while.
There’s no ticket vending machine. We pay money at the table when we stand up to leave.
When I visited Kagari for the first time, I ordered toripaitan ramen without hesitation. As soon as I was seated, condiments for toripaitan ramen was served.
Deep fried onion and grated ginger.
This is the Toripaitan soba (鶏白湯SOBA, 950 yen) with soft-boiled egg (味玉, 120 yen) that I had wanted to have for a long time !
It had chicken breast meat and seasonal vegetables on it.
Seasonal vegetables that day was green asparagus, cherry tomato, young corn, radish sprouts and so on. And three slices of boiled chicken on it.
Narrow and straight noodles dressed with thick toripaitan soup was tasty. The toripaitan soup was rich and creamy. Though it had much salt and fat, I could eat it smoothly.
I added deep fried onion and grated ginger after a while. The ginger added it refreshing taste. Toripaitan soup basically have thick tastes and sometimes I get tired of eating while eating. So it’s good idea to change the tastes and add refreshing tastes.
I can’t eat so much and I didn’t try, but if you have enough space in your stomach, please try to order rice and pour toripaitan soup into the rice bowl. they recommend such a way of eating it. It’s like porridge 😉
Niboshi Shoyu soba
Almost all people eat Toripaitan soba at Kagari. But Niboshi shoyu soba (Soy sauce with dried bonito broth) is my delight ramen soup. So, I tried it when I visited there second time.
Niboshi shoyu soba (煮干醤油SOBA, 900 yen) with soft-boiled egg (味玉, 120 yen)
It have seasonal vegetables as well as toripaitan ramen.
It have roast beef on it 🙂 And another roast pork.
Ah, I love bonito broth all the same. The soup was bitter just a bit because of dried bonito. But I love this bitterness.
Not only Toripaitan soba but also niboshi shoyu soba is good. I recommend it, too 😉
About Ginza Kagari (銀座 篝) Address / Ginza A Bldg 1F, 4-4-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo Open / 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Saturdays and another national holidays / 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Closed / Sundays Reservation / Unavailable
Credit card / Unavailable
Smoking / Not permitted
English menu / OK