Ramen isn’t the first thing one thinks about coming to BA, but for those of us living here, it’s a nice change from the usual fare. And, why not figure out where the best spots are? The list is alphabetical within each category, not a ranking order.

For a really great guide to the styles of ramen and what it’s all about, there’s a brilliant write-up by J. Kenji López-Alt over on the Serious Eats website, who despite his unbalanced belief that the Star Wars franchise has more to offer the world of entertainment than the Star Trek canon, knows something about ramen.

Five Chopsticks – worth making a trip just to try their ramen

Fukuro Noodle Bar, Costa Rica 5514, Palermo (miso pork & vegetarian)
Irifune, Paraguay 412, Microcentro (miso pork, miso seafood, & champon)
Sintesis, José León Pagano 2689, Recoleta (kotteri tonkatsu)

Four Chopsticks – great choice, no complaints, not one

FuraiBo, Alsina 429, Monserrat (miso pork)
Ichisou, Venezuela 2145, Once (tokyo & champon)
Niji, Iberá 2424, Nuñez (shio clam, pork)
Nobiru Izakaya, Mendoza 1627, Belgrano (tonkatsu)
Nueva Casa Japonesa, Humberto I 2357, San Cristobal – (tonkatsu, miso, shoyu, spicy, vegetarian)
Restaurant Jardín Japonés, Palermo (shio pork – udon and soba only)

Three Chopsticks – good, solid, honest ramen, just nothing to write home about

430, San Martín 430, Retiro (pork, chicken, vegetarian)
Kitayama, Virrey del Pino 2448, Belgrano (shio pork)
Miyako, Av. Nazca 388, Flores (shio pork)
Murasaki, Florida 971, Microcentro (miso, shio, shoyu, & spicy, all pork based)
San Telmo Shokudo, Defensa 910, San Telmo (gomoku)
Shogun, J.E. Uriburu 280, Once (assari pork)

Two Chopsticks – no, seriously, stay home and make the instant

Comedor Nikkai, Independencia 732, San Telmo (miso, gomoku – both dashi based)
Mr. Ho Food & Drinks, Morón 3492, Floresta (champon)
Nippon Gourmet, China Town Tigre food court, General Bartolomé Mitre 2, Tigre (instant with additions)
Okiren, Av. San Juan 2651, 1er Piso, San Cristobal (shio – udon and soba only)
Táo-Táo, Av. Cabildo 1418, Belgrano (Chinese style)

One Chopstick – with only one chopstick you can’t eat it, and that’s a good thing

Mizuki, Juana Manso 1519, Puerto Madero Este (tonkatsu and spicy)