Oreryu Shio-ramen
Shinjuku: Ramen
Oreryu Shio-ramen (Shinjuku: Ramen)
Oreryu Shio-ramen
Open 11am-11pm daily.
Sun: Open Sundays
no smoking: No smoking

Oreryu's Special "Ga-Ba-Chi" Ramen (aka "Garlic Butter Cheese") is a very satisfying bowl of noodles. It's moderately spicy and heavy on the garlic, with toasted garlic chips supplementing the roast garlic oil in the soup. The two slices of chashu are wonderfully tender and flavorful, while the two hefty pieces of fried chicken somehow retain their crunch despite swimming in the soup. A mound of grated cheese gradually melts and turns gooey as you make your way through the bowl.

If you want a bit of extra flavor, the countertop is loaded with condiments, including small pots containing yuzu kosho, spicy miso, and yes, more garlic paste. Other enticing ramen variations include green curry, shrimp wonton, soupless cheese mazemen, and asari clam. Gyoza dumplings (including double-cheese gyoza), shrimp wontons and fried chicken are all available as side dishes.

Shinjuku-ku, Shinjuku 3-36-18.

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