Eat Ramen at These Japanese Restaurants in Nairobi

Article by Maureen Kasuku
Posted: August 11, 2021  

Instant-noodle consumption in Kenya has become  increasingly popular over the years and the hashtag #Indomie saw a surge on twitter at the height of the pandemic as many Kenyans indulged in this affordable and easy to make ‘meal’. If you’re one of the many Kenyans  who’ve developed a palate for instant noodles, you might want to try out the original Japanese noodle soup-Ramen if you have change to spare.

Ramen is a Japanese noodle soup. It consists of Chinese-style wheat noodles served in a meat or (occasionally) fish-based broth, often flavored with soy sauce and uses toppings such as sliced pork, dried seaweed and scallions.

Here are different varieties of ramen noodles depending upon the kind of seasoning:

Shio – the term Shio translates to salt, so this is basically sea salt seasoning of your ramen noodles. It is the oldest form of ramen seasoning, and has a significant Chinese influence. The stock for such noodles are made from seafood and seaweed.

Shoyu – this is the soy sauce seasoning, and is popular in the Kanto region of central Japan. You will find this broth being paired with chicken, seafood, or pork.

Miso – you must have heard of miso soup, it is the newest form of ramen. It originated from northern Hokkaido, and is basically made with fermented bean paste. It is mostly paired with toppings such as bean sprouts, and stir-fried pork belly.

Tonkotsu – the most popularly recognised ramen is the Tonkotsu variant, wherein the broth is made from boiling pork bones for hours. The soup is rich in taste, with a milky-golden colour.

Eat Ramen  at these Japanese restaurants in Nairobi:

Bamboo Restaurant  at Zen Garden

The elegant Bamboo restaurant at Zen Garden offers traditional and modern Chinese, Japanese and oriental menus in a large open plan restaurant.

Location: Lower Kabete Road, Spring Valley 


Cheka Izakaya

Japanese style Restaurant & Bar serving generous amounts of Ramen at 1000 bob per bowl.

Location: Kauria Close Lavington


The Phoenician

Heavy on Oriental aesthetics, The Phoenician  serves sushi, Lebanese and Teppanyaki courses. Their Miso noodles are quite popular.

Location: Matundu Lane, Westlands



Misono is an Instagrammable restaurant  that serves up authentic Japanese fare, including all the classic favourites: from sushi to Ramen.

Location: The Green House, off the Ngong Road.




About the author

Maureen Kasuku

Maureen is our resident cat lady and Beyoncé stan. She writes about spas, brunch and ballet recitals but has never been to any. Moonlights as a social justice activist in her spare time. She knows things and is obnoxiously opinionated on the internet but not in real life


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