There are many Japanese and sushi locals in Madrid, but Ramen Kagura is a 100% Japanese ramen bar. Located in the Madrid de los Austrias, it was created by Keigo Onoda and Akimasa Kawata, two Japanese chefs that researched the different noodle soup recipes in Japan until they found the most appropriate for the Spanish taste.
Because, although the most popular Japanese food outside Japan is sushi, their diet is also mainly based on rice and soup. That includes Ramen, the Japanese version of the Chinese noodle soup (Mein).
There are three types of soup at Kagura: tonkotsu, the “original”, made of pork bones; shouyu, with soy sauce; and miso, made of vegetables and chicken.
But in case the temperatures don’t make you want a comforting warm soup, you can also order a Mazesoba, a plate without broth. One ramen bowl is plenty enough for one person but if you are hungry you also can ask for gyozas (Japanese dumplings), chashu-don (stewed pork with rice) or karaage (fried chicken). These Japanese Tapas are getting very popular in Madrid, but for me, the best ones are in the Japanese tavern Hattori Hanzo.
Finally, if you want to try the full Japanese experience, besides green tea, they also have the tap beer Kirin, imported from Japan; Umeshu, Japanese plum liqueur; Calpis, a milky soft drink; and Ramune, a soft drink, mostly known for the curious design of its bottle. They even have sesame, green tea and red bean ice cream!!