After a visit to Japan, you’re bound to be addicted to this very popular Japanese dish: ramen. Even if you haven’t been to this amazing culinary country, there’s a very big chance you’ve already tasted the famous Japanse noodle soup.
Are you craving this comfort food right now? Fortunately, you don’t need to book tickets to Japan, because there are a few spots in Rotterdam that have mastered this dish quite well.
In this article you can find 4 amazing ramen bars in Rotterdam.
1. Tensai Ramen
One of the best spots to get an authentic bowl of Japanese ramen is Tensai Ramen. This restaurant is located on the Schiedamsedijk, right in the center of the city. What makes Tensai Ramen stand out from the other ramen bars in Rotterdam is that the noodles are homemade, right in the middle of the restaurant.
On the menu you can find over ten different Japanese ramen, with difference in broth, toppings and noodles. There’s also a vegetarian option, something you won’t easily find in Japan!
Tensai Ramen is a place where you really go for the food. The interior of the restaurant is very simple, with little ambiance or decoration. This makes it very clear what the goal of Tensai Ramen is: to serve a good bowl of ramen. After you’ve enjoyed it, it’s time to move on! Or time to order more food…
Schiedamsedijk 1, 3011 EB Rotterdam
If you want to eat ramen at a restaurant that has a bit more ambiance, then Takumi on the West-Kruiskade is a great option. The owners of Takumi started with a very successful restaurant in Düsseldorf and eventually decided to open a location in Rotterdam as well. Lucky us!
Takumi is usually fully packed, which is usually a sign of good quality. The restaurant is filled with lantern lamps and other decorations, which gives it a great vibe.
But let’s talk food! The menu of Takumi is extensive, with over 15 types of ramen. There are a few vegetarian ramen options too, such as the Veggie Miso Ramen and the Spicy Veggie Tan Tan Ramen. I personally recommend the latter!
West-Kruiskade 9B, 3014 AJ Rotterdam
You can find this cute little ramen restaurant near the Markthal. There’s often a (short) waiting line for Hinoki, which is why there’s a little bench for the people to sit on. But it’s worth the wait!
The interior of Hinoki is simple, just like Tensai Ramen. On the menu you can find over ten different ramen bowls. Usually they also have additional dishes on their chalk board, such as the ramen bowl you see pictured above: 100% Vegetarian Spicy Veggie Tan Tan with vegetarian minced meat. On their menu you can also find vegetarian miso ramen.
Keizerstraat 52, 3011 GH Rotterdam
4. Sapporo Ramen Kitchen
Close to Takumi on the West-Kruiskade, you can find Takumi Sapporo Kitchen. The name isn’t a coincidence, because both restaurants have the same owner. So isn’t it basically the same ramen bar? No, it isn’t!
The concept is definitely quite similar, because Sapporo is part of Takumi, but there’s definitely a difference between the two ramen bars. The samen bowls at Sapporo are mostly made with chicken broth, while Takumi mostly uses pork broth. On the menu you can find over twelve ramen bowls all made with chicken. For the vegetarians they have two vegetarian options: the Spicy Veggie Ramen en de Veggie Miso Ramen.
Aert van Nesstraat 22, 3012 CA Rotterdam
Hopefully this article will help you find that perfect bowl of ramen in Rotterdam. If you know a fantastic place in Rotterdam where you can find this amazing comfort food, let us know in the comments below!