Ichiran Ramen Taipei 一蘭 台灣台北本店


Ichiran Ramen Taipei 一蘭 台灣台北本店

4/5

I love Ichiran Ramen 一蘭 台灣台北本店. It’s one of my favorite ramen chains while I’m in Japan and I’m surprised there’s only one location in Taipei. There’s a lot of expectations when it comes to Ichiran Ramen 一蘭 台灣台北本店, because it’s known for it’s quality and deliciousness.

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Ichiran Ramen Taipei 一蘭 台灣台北本店

The process of eating ramen at Ichiran Ramen 一蘭 台灣台北本店 is the most efficient place you’ll ever eat at. You focus on ordering while waiting in line, seats block off your visual sight to anyone else so you only focus on ramen and lastly you just pay at the exit. It’s very streamlined so service is very fast.

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Getting In Ichiran Ramen Taipei 一蘭 台灣台北本店

The Taipei Ichiran Ramen 一蘭 台灣台北本店 is open 24 hours and there’s always a line. Since it’s located in a popular nightlife area of Taipei, expect even longer lines at night. I went for dinner at it took about 40 minutes to get seated.

The line from the outside looks pretty long, but it’s actually longer since the line goes along the inside of the building too.

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Super long line outside and inside

Ordering at Ichiran Ramen 一蘭 台灣台北本店

As soon as you get in line you’ll be handed a menu order form. They don’t give you a pen, but you’ll have one at the table when you sit down. Once you’re at the table, just fill out the order form, press the call button and hand over your menu. They’ll hand you a receipt and you just bring that up to the cashier on your way out of the restaurant.

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The Ramen at Ichiran Ramen 一蘭 台灣台北本店

Ichiran Ramen 一蘭 台灣台北本店 focuses on tonkotsu (pork broth) ramen. I love how they let you customize the ramen to your preference and I always order the extra firm noodles because the texture is delicious. Fun fact, once the noodles are done cooking, Ichiran promises to deliver your ramen within 50 seconds!

Without a doubt, super delicious noodles cooked perfectly. The broth was hearty and tasty. The only problem was the meat. When I bit in to the chashu (sliced pork) it was overcooked! So each bit was very chewy instead of being very tender. I also got an additional order of the stewed pork and some of it was overcooked too.

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If you completely finish your bowl of ramen, there’s a message at the end of the bowl. I have no idea what it says but feel free to pop the image into Google Translate.

I had high expectations for Ichiran Ramen 一蘭 台灣台北本店 and left a little disappointed. Don’t get me wrong, the ramen is good, but I might have had a bad experience. My ratings of Ichiran Ramen 一蘭 台灣台北本店 in Japan was 9-10/10 most of the time.

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Ichiran Ramen Taipei 一蘭 台灣台北本店 Menu And Additional Photos

Overall Impression of Ichiran Ramen Taipei 一蘭 台灣台北本店

The Ichiran Ramen 一蘭 台灣台北本店 is located in a very expensive part of Taipei and understably, the prices are pretty high. This is probably the most expensive bowl of ramen I’ve had in Taiwan.

The base price is NT$288 but that’s a pretty basic bowl. They recommend making it an Ichiran special which includes more pork, slices of seaweed and a half-boiled egg for NT$134. This makes your total price NT$422 (about US$14).

You pay at the cashier on your way out. On your way, you’ll also find a mini gift shop where you can buy packaged ramen and other souvenirs.

It’s a solid 4 stars, but there’s definitely some better ramen in Taipei! You can check out my review on Tibetan Ramen in Taipei, since that’s my absolute #1 pick for best ramen in Taiwan.

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Rating Guide

1/5

It’s food, but you’re not going to enjoy it

2/5

Didn’t meet minimum meal expectations

3/5

Satisfying and an adequate meal.

4/5

So good you’ll eat here again!

5/5

You will remember this meal for the rest of your life!

Pricing Guide

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NT$1-100 (US$0-$3.23)

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NT$100-300 (US$3.23-9.68)

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NT$300-700 (US$9-22)

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NT$700+ (US$22.60+)

TIP

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Each rating TAIWANEATER rating is comprised of Quality, Service and Value (in order of the rating’s most important points).

QUALITY: The [Quality] is based on how good the food tastes and the presentation.

SERVICE: The [Service] is based on the dining experience. This includes the ambiance of the restaurant and how the interactions with the staff.

VALUE: The [Value] is based on both the Quality and Service in relation to the price. Ratings for food with a low price are a little more generous than food with a high price.

Money In Taiwan

Tax Is Included In The Price

All displayed prices in Taiwan are the actual price. Tax is already included and for large purchases, tourists visiting Taiwan can get a 5% Taiwan VAT refund at the airport Tax Refund counter. Some shops offer this service too, but they will require your passport.

Taiwan Is Cash Only (For Most Small Shops)

The primary payment method for all transactions in Taiwan is cash. It’s very rare for small shops to take anything other than cash. It’s more common to see places accept the Taipei Metro Card as payment rather a credit card.

Supermarkets and convenience stores in Taiwan (7-Eleven, Family Mart) do not accept credit cards (at least not American credit cards). You can only make purchases by cash or by using your pre-loaded funds on your EasyCard.

Using Credit Cards in Taiwan

If you want to use your credit card in Taiwan, make sure to check if a restaurant in Taiwan accepts credit card in advance. When a place does accept credit card, it will typically be Visa or Mastercard. It’s extremely rare for a place to accept Discover and American Express. UberEats, HonestBee, Deliveroo and FoodPanda are Taipei Food Delivery Services where you can order food directly to your airbnb or hotel using a credit card.

Exchanging Money in Taiwan

You can exchange money at the airport or any bank in Taiwan. The rates vary from bank to bank and it can be a hassle to get a good rate. For additional information, check out my Exchanging Money In Taiwan Guide.

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