Ichiran

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Sagamihara, Japan
Ichiran - Ramen with core ingredients. Behind the bamboo curtain lies the customer service.
Ichiran - Ramen with core ingredients. Behind the bamboo curtain lies the customer service.
Ichiran - Ramen with core ingredients. Behind the bamboo curtain lies the customer service.
Ichiran - Vending machine
Ichiran - A simple selection
Ichiran - A simple selection
Ichiran - A simple selection

Ichiran Sagamihara Reviews

bensonryan bensonry…
96 reviews
Ramen booths to maintain that certain anonymity while eating. Sep 08, 2017
Ichiran is a surprisingly compact ramen establishment located in Sagamihara, a city southwest of Tokyo, Japan. It is a decent restaurant offering quite a few perks for those who wish to maintain their anonymity while eating ramen. Like other ramen restaurants, there is a front end Ramen vending machine that dispenses tickets for their selection of main courses with side dishes. Water and beer are their primary given beverages. Additional noodles servings and side dishes can be ordered with a push of a button in any case if the servings weren't fulfilling enough.

The booths are set up with unrelated customers' backs facing each other to where each guest won't have to see each other. A drop down curtain operates as a barrier between server and guests, thus facilitating an enclosed setting. Each seat can be customized with folding side hinges to either show or block the guests' views of one another. My wife, who accompanied me, brought up an interesting point that this is due to the women guests who do not wish to be seen eating extra servings when they want to eat more.

The ramen was adequate, and I enjoyed their prompt service when I ordered my half serving refill. I felt their noodles customization wasn't up to par as typically expected by other ramen restaurants. Also Ichiran's choice selection was a bit lacking as I anticipated more sides than rice and green tea pudding. Not found were the Gyoza or the fried rice dishes that are the real reasons why I like visiting Ramen restaurants. With drink selections. Water, hot tea and beer are the only real choice beverages as well.

Overall, Ichiran was a comforting experience but didn't offer the selection I really wanted in this type of restaurant. I imagine that some visitors will enjoy the innovative and stylish setting. It left me wanting more. This is a so-so recommendation but to try at least once.
Ramen with core ingredients. Behin…
A simple selection
Vending machine
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jeminigirl says:
Hey Congrats on the feature Ryan =)
Posted on: Oct 27, 2017
AdamR3723 says:
Nicely written. This seems to be a great place for shy people.
Posted on: Oct 27, 2017
planxty says:
I will never be there but congratulations on your feature and a very well-written and objective review.
Posted on: Oct 27, 2017
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