Food and Drinks

[Tokyo] Mendokoro Natsumi (麺処 夏海): Tokyo’s Exquisite Ramen Retreat

The Gem of Akabane’s Ramen Scene

Located in the central district of Akabane, situated in the Kita-ward of Tokyo, there exists a remarkable gastronomic establishment. Since its inception in January 2012, this restaurant has enraptured the discerning taste buds of both indigenous patrons and visitors from abroad, earning it a coveted reputation as a culinary jewel. Natsumi is a ramen eatery of the next generation, which elevates traditional Japanese dining to a whole new level. As one approaches the humble establishment, a grand signboard looms overhead, exuding an air of sophistication that is difficult to ignore.

With only 10 counter seats, Natsumi offers an intimate dining experience that should not be missed. However, planning ahead is essential, as the ticket vending machine is located outside the restaurant. Customers must purchase their meal ticket prior to entering, and in the event of a full house, wait patiently in line before being ushered into the delightful world of Natsumi.

The menu at Natsumi is a sensory feast, featuring a scrumptious selection of ramen dishes that will leave you yearning for more. From soy sauce to niboshi pork bone, salt, and tsukemen, each ramen dish is accompanied by a range of toppings, carefully selected to enhance the flavors and textures of the noodles. Speaking of noodles, Natsumi’s signature thick, thin, and hand-kneaded medium-thick curly noodles are all freshly delivered every morning by Kokoro-no-Aji Seimen in Matsudo. Each type of noodle boasts its own distinctive texture, flavor, and slurping sensation, making for an unforgettable dining experience.

What sets Natsumi apart from other ramen establishments is its soup broth, which is made by combining chicken and chicken bones, pork bones, fish heads and bones delivered directly from the Tsukiji Market, and a variety of seafood and vegetables boiled with π water to create a savory broth. Natsumi’s soup is nothing short of legendary.

If you think that Natsumi cannot get any better, think again. The restaurant offers daily and seasonal limited edition ramen dishes that are so exquisite, you will be planning your next visit before you have even finished your meal. Step inside Natsumi and experience the perfect blend of tradition and modernity, with savory ramen dishes that will tantalize your taste buds and leave you yearning for more.

  • Name: Mendokoro Natsumi
  • Address: 1-18-4 Akabane, Kita-ku, Tokyo
  • Phone: +81-(0)3-3902-2833
  • Hours: 11:00 – 15:00 & 18:00 – 22:00
  • Closed On: Open Daily
  • Number of Seats: 10
  • Budget: – JPY1,500 
  • Payment Options: Cash Only

You might also like