Two years ago we only had a couple of ramen restaurants in Amsterdam. But since this summer, we’re home to a decent number of ramen shops and good ones as well! It seems like ages ago when we had to drive all the way to Germany for good ramen.
New in town is Vatten Ramen, by Michelin star chef Hideto Kawahara.
Tucked away in Amsterdam’s heart in the Kerkstraat, is the newly opened ramen shop. The menu is simple, featuring three types of traditional ramen (chicken, spicy and grilled) and five types of modern ramen (truffle, meringue, bacon basil).
We were curious about the modern style ramen but decided to start with the traditional soups and went for the chicken and spicy chicken. The ramen was cooked to perfection and the broth so savory and intense. Definitely in my top of best ramen experiences. One flaw was our ajitama egg, which was rather overdone. Which I’m sure shouldn’t have been!
Ramen start at EUR 13 which is the average price for ramen in Amsterdam. On the menu there’s also a selection of dons (rice bowls), including a poke don, gyoza and sides (kara age, agedashi tofu).
Other ramen restaurants in Amsterdam we recommend: Menya Takeichi (love the ramen, broth and toppings here) , Fou Fow (great soup base) and Sora (for buttery Sapporo style ramen). Ramen we’ve covered here in the past: Hosokawa, Bone Daddies Ramen, Takumi Dusseldorf, and other food trends in Amsterdam.