The 3 Best Ramen in Ehime

updated: August 18th, 2023

Discover the best ramen in Matsuyama City, Ehime Prefecture. From Nishiki Iwamoto MATSUYAMA Ramen Bar to Mizuta Shoten and Ramen Hyota, experience the flavors of this Japanese delicacy.

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    Nishiki Iwamoto MATSUYAMA Ramen Bar

    Nishiki Iwamoto MATSUYAMA Ramen Bar is a ramen restaurant located in Matsuyama City, Ehime Prefecture, Japan.
     The interior of the restaurant has a cozy cafe-like atmosphere with counter seats facing the kitchen.
     As the name suggests, this establishment specializes in TAI (sea bream) salt ramen.
     The noodles have a translucent appearance and a distinct flavor of sea bream.
     The aroma of the sea bream is particularly appetizing.
     They also offer a topping of seasoned soft-boiled egg, which is perfectly cooked with a slightly runny yolk.
     When you place your order during lunchtime, they also provide complimentary zosui, a Japanese rice soup, as a bonus.
     When you dip the zosui in the ramen broth, it further enhances the sea bream flavor.
     Additionally, they have a limited quantity of Hinakko local chicken soy sauce ramen, which is also highly recommended.
     Although the owner may have an intimidating appearance, they are actually kind and always greet customers with a warm smile.
     The ambiance of the restaurant is also inviting and exudes a sense of character.
     It's a charming place to savor not only their soup but also the overall experience.
     If you're visiting Matsuyama, this is definitely a spot worth checking out.


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    Mizuta Shoten

    Mizuta Shoten is a ramen shop that has relocated to Tobu-cho, Iyo-gun, Ehime Prefecture.
     It used to be located in Fukunji-cho, Matsuyama City, but now it is situated in Aso.
     The shop is open from 10:00 to 21:00, with Mondays being the regular closing day (business hours and closing days may vary, so it is advisable to confirm).
     The shop is about 3,675m away from Kitaiyo Station by car.
     It appears that there are no seats available.
    Mizuta Shoten is renowned as a distinguished ramen shop, with its thin noodles, especially the tonkotsu (pork bone) ramen, being popular among customers.
     Each bowl of ramen comes with an impressive topping of chashu (sliced pork), which is easy to eat and delicious.
     The thin noodles are satisfying without being too heavy.
     If you visit around 10:30 in the morning, you may be able to avoid the queue, but by 11 o'clock there is often a line forming.
    The most popular ramen menu item is "Ramen Kuro" (Black Ramen), known for its burnt garlic oil and rich tonkotsu soup.
     The extremely thin noodles and smoky chashu are also exquisite.
     Additionally, even during regular times, they offer an extra serving of noodles for free.
     There is also rice on the menu, which can be enjoyed for 450 yen.
    Since relocating, Mizuta Shoten has a spacious parking lot, making it easier to access.
     The parking lot is large enough to accommodate even large trucks.
     When I visited around 1:15 PM on a Thursday, there was a wait of about 3-4 groups, but the wait time was not too bothersome.
     The black chashu ramen is popular, with a mild tonkotsu soup, but it was disappointing that the soup cooled down from the chashu.
     Next time, I plan to try the even lighter white ramen.
    Currently, there is no particularly important information available about Mizuta Shoten.


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    Ramen Hyota

    "Ramen Hyota" is a ramen shop located in Matsuyama City.
     The shop is conveniently located in Sanbanchō, Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture.
     The interior has a cozy atmosphere with 24 seats.
    One of the defining features of Ramen Hyota is its sweet soup, which is well-known in Matsuyama's ramen scene.
     The soup is incredibly delicious and has gained a reputation for its addictive flavor.
     The chashu (roast pork) is particularly tender and has a sweet seasoning, providing a satisfying eating experience.
    While Ramen is the main dish served during lunchtime at Ramen Hyota, the restaurant also offers a wide range of izakaya (Japanese-style pub) dishes in the evenings.
     The oden (Japanese hotpot) and fish dishes are also delicious, making it a great place to enjoy a meal and drinks.
    While not much information is available about the chef's culinary principles and background, the distinctive seasoning at Ramen Hyota seems to draw inspiration from Ehime's local food culture.
     In Ehime, it is common for dishes such as ramen, yakisoba stir-fried noodles, and yakiniku grilled meat to have a sweeter flavor profile due to the frequent use of sugar in their preparation.
    Ramen Hyota is popular among both tourists and locals, as it is located close to Matsuyama's tourist attractions.
     It has gained a strong reputation within the local community.
    Please note that the taste of Ramen Hyota's dishes can be an acquired preference due to their sweetness.
     However, the unique flavor is definitely worth trying at least once.

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