Restaurant Review

The Best Japanese Ramen (Not the Americanized Stuff) in Las Vegas List

Main image courtesy of Monta Ramen

If you are on vacation in LV, you probably had a night of bad decisions (if you are a local, locals are not immune).

When I’m in Vegas, I get off the strip, particularly when hungover, and I want to eat my Asian peoples food. For that, my goto area is Spring Mountain/Chinatown (not just Chinese food) for either pho or ramen, especially miso ramen with a side of chahan (fried rice). 

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To help make life easier on you, I have broken all of the Las Vegas ramen shops down into three categories:
1. Japanese style, 2. Japanese American style, and 3. Americanized ramen.

Spring Mountain is the epicenter of it all.
Photo Description: how do you become the best ramen in Las Vegas? Attention to detail such as these fresh ramen noodles by Hashi Ramen (nice little bundles of ramen noodles).
The fresh ramen noodles by Hashi Ramen (they also do their own menma, wow). Image courtesy of Hashi Ramen.
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I always wonder how most large mainstream media/corporate sites create their “top 10-20 best ramen Las Vegas spots” because they tend to lump all Asian chit together as the same. Well, we are not all the same foo, so I am breaking it all down to how I see it.

I almost said “we,” but I did not want to speak on behalf of my Asian peoples because I don’t want my card revoked.

Why Three Categories (Explained in Relation to Mexican and Gringo Food)

More people are familiar with Mexican food, so I will break down the ramen shop differences as it relates to Mexican/Chicano cuisine cuz why not, they’re my peoples too.

I base all three categories on previous visits, Yelp, and Google reviews, along with the pictures (this is why it takes me sometimes hours to decide on what to eat).

  • Japanese style: Taqueria level bro, so not just carne asada, but lengua to tripas on a soft tortilla (fresh tortillas are a game changer). All topped off with cebolla, cilantro, and a squeeze of limon.
  • Japanese American style: The ramen is almost on par with the above minus the love for tripas, lengua, and buche, with some Chipotle and fusion vibes creeping in.
  • Americanized: As Mexican as Taco Bell is, and if you don’t agree, let me know next time you are in Mexico how your search went for the best cheesy gordita crunch.
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The epitome of Japanese ramen focuses on craft broths, noodles, and minimal (complementary) toppings because you really do not need much when the noodles and the broth are a labor of love.

On the other hand, in the US, it’s big business to capitalize on the popularity of ramen with basic instant ramen kits to restauranteurs.

The Best Japanese Style Ramen

The lines between Japanese and Japanese-American in Vegas are blurred, but I tried to cite the ones that are the closest to Japanese ramen.

Photo Description: the ramen from Sora Ramen in Las Vegas, NV. The bowl of ramen has an ajitama, menma, chashu, ninniku, butter, and sliced green onions.
Butter and corn with miso ramen are an influence from the Hokkaido region (Sapporo), but only a Japanese spot would know that. Everybody else adds it to everything.

For the closest experience to Japan or Japanese ramen, these are the ramen shops you will want to try because their primary focus is on ramen. Keep in mind these spots are not straight out of Fukuoka or Tokyo, and they will have American influences because of Murica.

The Best Japanese-American Style Ramen

These ramen shops represent Japanese food and ramen because they can locate Japan on a map. That might sound like a low bar, but the vast majority of restaurants are not Japanese-owned or operated, so it’s great to see when ramen is done right.

Photo Description: the tantan men at Sojo Ramen in Las Vegas.
This lists exists because of people like this dude, Chef John Chien Lee (Sojo) and Chef/owner Youngho and Eunyoung Kim (Hashi). They need to be credited for putting in the work and doing legit sh*t.

Like Japanese style ramen, but with American/fusion influences such as corn and raw spinach cuz “colorful.” Except like the above criteria, the primary focus is also on ramen, but with appetizers to teriyaki chicken on the menu.

Americanized Style Ramen

Either instant generic ramen broth or a combo of more ingredients the better (a bukkakefest), especially if they are colorful (corn, spinach, and naruto).

Just like pizza, sushi, to Mexican food in the US, there are also Americanized versions of ramen. These fusion spots are a mixture of Chinese, Thai, to Korean (Asian) influences. So aside from ramen, they will also offer sushi, curry, karaage, tempura, teriyaki, takoyaki, poke, bulgogi, fried rice, to tonkatsu (they do it all).

  1. Fukumimi Ramen / 4860 S Eastern Ave #2, honey garlic chicken, fried chicken, and bowls, and ramen (great pricing tho, $8.30-10.50).
  2. Ichiddo Ramen / CLOSED, Henderson, is a Minnesota-based ramen restaurant doing “char siu,” egg rolls, calamari, and beef and kimchi ramen.
  3. Moko Ramen Bar / 6350 W Charleston Blvd #120, deep-fried wonton, tonkatsu/katsu curry, teriyaki combos, beef bulgogi, to pork ribs.
  4. Ohjah Noodle House / 7150 S Durango Dr #190, looks like they are influenced by the Vegan influencers with seaweed and raw spinach, oxtail ramen.
  5. Ramen Ya (Katana Ya) / 3615 S Las Vegas Blvd #109, on their website they say they are Michelin Guide recommended, but the SF location closed down (for good reason).
  6. Shinjuku Ramen / 4300 Spring Mountain Rd #108, Thai tomyum lobster ramen, tomyum pork and chicken ramen, rice bowls, curry, and fried rice.
  7. Tomi Ramen / 2600 W Sahara Ave #119, deep-fried gyoza, bulgogi, tonkatsu, chashu egg rolls, sea of flame, bulgogi, to curry ramen, edamame, sushi, very cool interior.

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