Day 5 of #blogjune – in which we stumble upon vegan ramen at Tokyo Station
Before our trip to Japan I’d read that ramen chain Chabuton has a vegetarian ramen and gyoza option which sounded pretty good. They have a Tokyo branch at funky Shimo-kitazawa, but we didn’t make it out that way on this trip. It can be tricky finding vegetarian food in Tokyo but then we stumbled upon a great vegan ramen restaurant inside, of all places, Tokyo station.
T’s Tan Tan Ramen is inside the ticket barriers at the station so you’ll need to be travelling through Tokyo to have a meal here, but we managed to do that four times during our trip! It’s open from breakfast right through to 11.00 pm.
We went there the first night on our way back to Shibuya after a day at Tokyo Disneyland. We took the Keiyo line from Tokyo out to Disneyland and T’s Tan Tan is located in the “shopping street” that leads to the Keiyo line platforms so we found it almost by accident.
That first night we had the “Smile Curry”. On our other visits we tried various ramen dishes, some traditional Japanese style and others in a more spicy “dan dan” style. There are seven or eight ramen dishes costing about Y750 to Y900 (so under A$10) and as a lunch set you can add a small curry for an extra Y300 – we did that once and I couldn’t finish it. They even take credit cards.
How to find it!
The Keiyo shopping street is near the Yaesu side south exit of Tokyo Station on the first floor. Just follow the station signs to the Keiyo line trains and look out for an information office where the “Keiyo Street” begins. Continue heading towards the trains and just when it looks like there aren’t any more shops, look to your right and there it is! Look for the sign “T’s たんたん”.
Because it’s located inside the station you’ll need a JR train ticket to get in but if you’re travelling from one part of Tokyo to another by JR you can just go via Tokyo for a delicious quick and cheap meal and then continue on your way. Of course, if you have a JR Rail Pass you won’t have any problems!
- T’s Tan Tan web site (Japanese)