BELIEVE the hype! It's not just a white guy making ramen. It's a down-to-earth-passionate-about-what-he-does white guy making a uniquely traditional bowl of original ramen. Ivan Ramen is for real and you'll immediately realize that when you take a seat and meet the man behind the action--Ivan Orkin. I'm not gonna repeat his story, but when you witness his creativity and skills first hand, you'll understand. If it's your first time, order the shio ramen with everything on it. If it's your second time (trust me you will be back), order everything else. If you live in Tokyo and have never been or if you're new to Tokyo and too intimidated to enter other ramen-ya's...GO HERE!
Take the Keio line to Rokakoen Station. From there it's about a two minute walk. After you exit, go up the stairs to your left and follow the street until you get to the major intersection. Make a left and you'll see it on your right. The line usually extends into the adjacent alley so be prepared to wait. Once you grab a seat, place your order and don't be afraid to say hi. It's only open for lunch on weekends. Check Ivan's website for the exact hours.
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