Ramen Nagi BUTAO : Four kinds of exquisite Tonkotsu Ramen in Tokyo
Home to the Japanese gourmet specialty tonkotsu (pork) ramen, well known chains such as Ippudo and Ichiran are popular among foreign tourists, but joining the battle to strive to be the king of Tokyo’s tonkotsu ramen shops is “Ramen Nagi BUTAO” which opened in 2 February, 2020 in Kanda.
It is a welcoming, stylish shop which is equipped with an easy to use, multi-language ticket vending machine (including English), alleviating any concerns about ordering challenges if you can’t speak Japanese.
Another big selling point of BUTAO is that it’s the only store in Japan that gives you the choice of four kinds of tonkotsu ramen.
Read on for more information about the store, including details on how to order and features of the menu.
What is "Ramen Nagi BUTAO"?
Ramen Nagi BUTAO appearance
“BUTAO” is affiliated with the ramen chain “Niboshi Ramen Nagi” which is popular in Japan in places such as Shinjuku and Shibuya and also has branches overseas in the USA, Philippines, Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan (where some of Nagi’s stores have a two hour wait for seats).
"Ramen Nagi BUTAO" is the only store in Japan that serves three types of colorful tonkotsu ramen, as well as the brand’s original award-winning Original King Butao (pork broth Tonkotsu Ramen).
The four tonkotsu ramen dishes served here have been given a makeover resulting in ramen that is much more simple and Japanese, and the restaurant also ushers in a new style of ramen ordering where things such as the seasoning and the hardness of the noodles can be customized freely.
Stylish shop interior
830 yen each (tax included)
1. Original/yellow (Butao) Ramen "豚王":
A rich and refreshing soup with smooth noodles - the most popular menu item.
2. Black King (Kuroo) Ramen "黒王":
Deep bodied flavor with charred garlic oil base, black sesame & squid ink
3. Red King (Akao) Ramen "赤王"
Homemade spicy oil base with the sweetness of flavored vegetables, bringing out a new flavor in ramen dishes
4. Green King (Midorio) Ramen "翠王":
Mild flavor of an olive oil and basil combination
How to order
Select "Ramen" at the ticket vending machine (English / Chinese).
After taking your seat, choose from the 4 types of ramen indicated at the top of the order form (known as the “Omotenashi Sheet”) according to your preferred taste.
As well as the standard Japanese one, there are also English and Chinese order forms available so there’s no need to worry about not knowing what you’re choosing.
Then fill in the rest of the order form, selecting from the options to customize the ramen to your liking. After completing the form, hand it to the staff nearby.
・油の量 (Oil Source) : None / Low / Normal / High / Super High
・味の濃さ (Thickness of Taste) : Light / Normal / Rich
・にんにく (Garlic) : None / A Little / Normal / A Lot
・麺のかたさ (Noodle Texture) : Super hard / Hard / Ordinary / Soft / Super Soft
・一撃 (Butao Soy Source (spicy)) : None / A Little / One Cup / Two Cups
* You can choose up to 10 spicies.
Free egg (ただ卵)
While you wait for your ramen to be prepared you will be given an egg. These eggs are provided at no extra charge, and are served to freshen up your mouth before eating the ramen.
The store’s recommendation is to eat the half the egg as it is, and put the other half into your ramen bowl.
Recommended way to eat
This time I chose ramen (red).
It’s recommended to start eating as soon as the ramen is brought to you.
The taste of the ramen will actually change as you eat it because the Butao Soy Source will gradually melt and blend further into the soup as you continue eating.
You can try eating the ramen from the front side of the bowl whilst the Butao Soy Source hasn’t melted to experience a different level of flavor.
Delicious enough to drink all the soup!
You can have a top-up of extra noodles (替麺) for 160 yen.
Mon-Fri: 11:00a.m. - 2:00a.m./Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays: 11: 00a.m.-10p.m.
[Official website] http://www.ramennagi.com/
[Access] 1 minute walk from Kanda Station