Nothing nourishes like ramen and nothing divides opinion more than ramen, as every self-respecting foodie seems to have an incontestable opinion about where to find the best. Hide-Chan, a franchise of a Japanese chain, is certainly a worthy candidate, as the prices are keen and it’s perennially busy. It’s on the second floor of a nondescript building—a fact you’ll no doubt be aware of as you’ll probably be queuing on the staircase.
The specialty is tonkatsu ramen, which is based on pork bones and originated in Fukuoka where it’s referred to as Hakata ramen. The cloudy, rich broth will leave you feeling invigorated, especially if you opt for firmer noodles with a little bite. Start with homemade gyoza with their authentically sticky bottoms.