One thing we can all agree on is that a warm bowl of ramen can brighten your day. From hand-pulled and buckwheat to vermicelli and udon, ramen is all shades of delicious. As the hot and humid days give way to pleasant, breezy ones, let us celebrate with this piping hot dish. Here’s a low-down on the best ramen in Kolkata that will warm your soul (and day).
From the house of Passcode Hospitality, Ping’s Café Orient is a restaurant that can transport you to the bustling streets of South Asia. Mecca of all things fun and quirky, Ping’s has an extensive menu that can satiate all Asian food lovers. Their take on ramen, particularly chicken-based Tokyo Tower Ramen Bowl is a must-have, and they have a variation of black noodles too if you wish to experiment.
Where: 2A, Middleton Row, Near Loreto House College, Park Street Area
Contact: +91 033 4602 0420
A fun, easy-going diner, Mamagoto has portions that are shareable, making it a hit among large groups. Their ramen bowls are popular and we suggest Mama’s Spicy Tofu Ramen Bowl. This one has the kick of spice and the wholesomeness of ramen. They do six kinds of ramen with shrimp, tofu, veggies, prawn, and chicken; take your pick and enjoy a soul-warming dish.
Where: 24, Park Street, Annex Building, Magma House Complex, Park Street Area
Contact: +91 033 3399 9610
Famed as India’s first Izakaya and Noodle shop, the Fatty Bao is hands down the best place for a hearty bowl of ramen. With Instagram-worthy interiors, they have a plethora of options including pork, chicken, seafood, and veggies. Our favourite is the Chasu Ramen. Try the Miso Butter with Tempura Noodles when looking to indulge.
Where: 801 A, 8th Floor, Fort Knox Building, Camac Street Area
Contact: +91 91237 01014
Aajisai is the only one in the city to have an automated sushi conveyor belt along with a live teppanyaki counter. One of their best-sellers is the Chashu Tonkotsu Ramen that is full of the goodness of pork. Soba and udon along with regular noodles, and different meats and veggies – mix and match for your perfect bowl here.
Where: 5th Floor, Quest Mall, 33, Syed Ali Amir Avenue, Ballygunge
Contact: +91 033 4602 5050
The pioneer of authentic Japanese cuisine in Kolkata, Fuji is an icon in itself. Their Tanuki Udon is a soybean-based ramen that is extremely refreshing. It has a clean taste and the tempura topping adds a much-needed crunch. With over 10 different options of ramen, they have one of the most extensive menus and bowls that range from simple and hearty to bursting with flavours.
Where: 209A, 3rd Floor, Sarat Bose Road, Southern Avenue
Contact: +91 033 2466 1118
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