For beef bone ramen (gyukotsu) in Tokyo, Matador (牛骨らぁ麺マタドール) is every ramen critic’s choice. In the less crowded gyukotsu ramen space, Matador has ensured they stand out.
Premier Beef Bone Ramen
There are only a handful of beef bone ramen shops, like Kamitoku in Ginza. Matador has been slinging theirs since 2011. Many feel they serve the best in this genre.
At Matador, choose shoyu or shio seasoning. Shoyu is most popular. As you would expect, the broth carries a bold beef flavor, brought out by the shoyu.
It’s also sweetly flavored and syrupy. I’m talking sweeter than say, beef pho or Taiwan beef noodle soup.
The roast beef-like chashu are a big bonus. They share the space with little bits of shredded beef. Ultra thin slices of menma provide firmer texture and delicate noodles take in the broth and its beefy goodness.
Little Shop with Big Heart
Matador only has a couple seats. So try and avoid peak lunch or dinner hours.
They’re located in Kita-Senju, a little ways up in Adachi City. If you’re a fan of beef, make the trek!