Ramen Shifu began its journey at number 65 Ayala Street in the popular Barrio Salamanca, Madrid, in 2017.
Its founder, Guo Jianyong, president of the Ayala Japan Group ( a restaurant group specializing in Asian food), had always dreamed of creating a restaurant concept that featured ramen. A menu, that shows the variety and versatility that this noodle soup, originally Chinese and adopted by Japanese society, has cultivated over decades of history and evolution.
The fruit of his effort and dedication during decades of studies and his experience in Japan in learning the “ramen culture” culminated in the appearance of Ramen Shifu. A young, casual concept with a marked street style far from the concept of “oriental restaurant”, adopting the character of “Japanese street food” in its most traditional way. Also depending on the concept of the tavern, set with decorative and thematic elements of the Japanese country.
At Ramen Shifu, our homemade broth is based on the original recipe from the Hakata region, a district of the city of Fukuoka, which its founder, Guo Jianyong, learned firsthand from “ ramen masters” on his many visits to restaurants in the region.
A broth with a rich four-hour elaboration with a dense texture, made with pork bones, whitish and tasty, served with fine noodles. Starting from this base, an extensive ramen menu reflects its great versatility with up to 20 options to choose from. From the traditional Tonkotsu Ramen (characteristic of the Japanese region of Hakata), Shoyu Ramen (the ramen of the Japanese capital, Tokyo) or Miso Ramen (popular in the province of Sapporo) to new elaborations that adapt to more current tastes such as the Fried Chicken Ramen, Ebi Tempura Ramen or the Beef Curry Ramen.
In this way, Ramen Shifu is the ramen restaurant with the most extensive ramen menu in Madrid. In addition, Ramen Shifu, in its goal of positioning itself as the benchmark for ramen in Europe, dedicates special attention to its Spicy Ramen menu. A selection of spicy dishes, with the option to customize the spiciness level from 1 to 5 as part of our “Spicy Challenge” where we encourage our customers to put their spiciness tolerance to the test.
Although our extensive menu is inspired by the tradition of ramen recipes, at Ramen Shifu we are very aware of innovation and the need to adapt to the new times.
An example is our recent vegan menu launched in 2019 with which we want to satisfy our customers who want to reduce their consumption of meat of animal origin. Other examples are our characteristic starters of Japanese street food such as gyozas or takoyakis, our rice and mazesobas menu, the famous Japanese dessert mochis and other specialties complete the gastronomic offer of our taverns for all tastes and lovers of Japanese cuisine.
In January 2017, at 65 Ayala Street, Ramen Shifu opened its first tavern. Its good reception made that before the end of the year, new ramen temples were opened at Calle Zurbano 67 and Calle Toledo 24 in the well-known neighborhoods of Madrid, Chamberí and La Latina. A year later, it was Calle Fuencarral 93’s turn, with its opening in August 2018, in the heart of Malasaña.
That same summer, in July 2018, the opening of the first tavern outside the capital of Madrid also took place in Alicante, on Calle General Primo de Rivera, one of the main streets in the tourist center of the town.
The expansion of the brand continues a year later with the appearance of the first Ramen Shifu tavern outside of Spain. In August 2019, Ramen Shifu opened its doors in Naples, Italy, beginning its European journey. And shortly after, Barcelona hosted its seventh tavern at Carrer Consell de Cent 323, near the famous Rambla de Catalunya and renowned historic buildings such as Casa Batlló.
In 2020, Ramen Shifu opened its first tavern in Andalusia, specifically in Estepona, Malaga, adding months later its second tavern in the autonomous community with the opening in October in Dos Hermanas, Seville. Also in October, the opening of its second Catalan tavern took place on Avinguda del Paral lel 130, one of the main arteries of the capital and one of the most valued streets. Weeks later, on Calle Fontanella 13, with a total of 3 taverns in Barcelona. And outside its borders, its second tavern in Italy in Via Fabio Filzi 10, in Milan, thus continuing the expansion, not only in Italy, but in Europe.
Last year, in 2021, Ramen Shifu did not miss a beat and opened two new taverns in Madrid, at Calle de las Infantas 14 and Calle de Isabel Católica 15, close to Gran Vía, one of the main commercial avenues in Spain. Closing the year with the opening of its first location in Tarragona, in Carrer del Comte de Rius 7 with great public success.
And in 2022, we have not stopped with the recent openings of new taverns in Madrid, Zaragoza, Reus and Lleida, and other new locations yet to be announced in Spain and Europe. We are waiting for you in our #addictosalramen taverns!