Wonchuu’s review 『圓 (うぉんちゅう)』

Slurp! 🍜 Wonchuu’s Niboshi (dried sardine) Ramen is a must-try for classic ramen lovers! 😋🥢

I made a day trip to Hachioji on a whim at the end of the year. I love exploring ramen shops, but this area is a bit far, so I hadn’t had the chance to try it yet. But I knew it was a gold mine, so I came here to eat all day long. ⁡ My second expedition to Hachioji was to target the popular shops in the area. I had already covered the most important shops for Hachioji ramen last time, so this time I wanted to try out famous and popular shops in other genres. ⁡ First up was Wonchuu, a famous niboshi ramen shop in Hachioji. I think it was about two years ago when the first owner retired and the management changed. Since then, there have been mixed reviews, but there’s no doubt that it’s a long-established shop representing the area, and as a ramen lover, I wanted to try it at least once. ⁡ I arrived 30 minutes before opening and was the first in line. Even after opening, only about half of the seats were filled. I came too early. Of course, the staff asked me, ‘It’s 30 minutes before opening, you know?’ ⁡ Anyway, let’s pull myself together and focus on the ramen. They have four types of ramen: Usukuchi Niboshi Niboshi, Koukuchi Niboshi Niboshi, Aburasoba Niboshi Niboshi, and Niboshi Niboshi Tsukemen. Following the recommendation on the whiteboard in the shop, I ordered the Usukuchi Niboshi Niboshi. ⁡ The bowl that was served shortly after was a simple bowl with a clear soup and no fancy toppings. As expected, the soup is mainly made with niboshi (dried sardines), and you can enjoy a straight, unadulterated flavor. ⁡ The homemade noodles are straight, thin noodles with a firm, springy texture that gives me a sense of nostalgia. ⁡ The toppings are as expected, with the melt-in-your-mouth chashu and the soft menma. The unusual stem wakame has a unique texture when you bite into it, and its flavor adds an accent. ⁡ Overall, I would say that it is a well-made bowl of ramen, and I think it is the perfect choice for those who are looking for a classic ramen. ⁡


A Nostalgic Bowl of Niboshi Excellence

The clear and simple appearance of this niboshi ramen belies a deep and satisfying flavor. The homemade noodles are perfectly al dente, and the toppings are expertly prepared. For those who appreciate a classic ramen experience, this is a must-try.
(posted by Saori)

Value for Your Yen: Niboshi Ramen at Wonchuu

This niboshi ramen packs a punch with its rich and intense flavor. The generous portion size ensures you’ll leave feeling satisfied. Moreover, the price is reasonable, making this an excellent choice for both hardcore ramen enthusiasts and casual diners alike.
(posted by Kazuma)


Niboshi Broth The star of the show is undoubtedly the niboshi broth, which is made with a generous amount of dried sardines. The flavor is complex and nuanced, with a slight bitterness that is balanced by the sweetness of the fish.
Homemade Noodles The noodles are made in-house and have a perfect texture that is both chewy and slightly springy. They hold the broth well and don’t get soggy too quickly.
Toppings The toppings include a tender slice of chashu pork, a soft-boiled egg, and some pickled bamboo shoots. The chashu is especially noteworthy, as it is incredibly flavorful and melts in your mouth.

Store Info

Category Details
Address 21-12 Yokoyama-cho, Hachioji-shi, Tokyo
Access About 500m from JR Chuo Line, Yokohama Line, and other ‘Hachioji Station’
Business Hours Monday-Sunday 11:00-29:00
Closed On Wednesday
Budget Lunch: up to 1000 yen, Dinner: up to 2000 yen
Credit Card Available
Capacity 22 seats
(1st floor: 7 seats
2nd floor: a 6-seat private room and an 8-seat private room
Total 22 seats)
Private Room Available
Entirely available for reservations
※Please check with the store to reconfirm private room details over the phone since the information might not be updated.
Parking Not available
Smoking Not available
Reservation Contact 092-281-1509

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