Kagari- a gem in the back alley of Ginza


Kagari 篝 is a not-so-hidden gem, found in one of the narrow alleys behind the main street of Ginza. They specialize in Chicken Paitan Ramen (鶏白湯), a type of ramen with chicken-based broth.

The entrance looks fancy, just like a traditional Japanese restaurant! There is a line outside, so if you go during busy hours, you may need to wait a while (there is no roof). We went at around 11:30 on a weekday, and luckily, there was no line.

Once inside, you order and wait. The inside is just as fancy, so enjoy the wooden atmosphere.

The service is fast and efficient, as a ramen shop should be. Just when your stomach starts growling, your bowl is served…

Ahh.. perfect. The broth is rich in flavor, it’s almost as thick as a potage soup. The noodles twine well with the soup. The colorful vegetables are a plus; who knew tomatoes are good as toppings for ramen? Kagari offers few types of paitan ramen, my recommendation would be the one with truffles. You can smell the truffle, even before taking your first sip. There are many chicken paitan ramen stores around Tokyo, but Kagari is obviously among the top competitors. It is a must eat, if you’re around Ginza!!