信州小麦ラーメン 亀屋 (Ramen Kame-ya)
“Eating good ramen is an almost religious experience – in Nagano alone we have a wide variety of ramen shops,” says Lynch. “If you want good miso ramen, go to Kame-ya. If you like taking photos of your food, you’ll appreciate that their dishes are served with gorgeous toppings.” Menu specialities include Kame-ya’s lemon-infused tsukemen ramen (noodles dipped in a separate bowl of soup or broth), picture-perfect miso and pan-fried gyoza. As with most traditional Japanese ramen shops, the interior is cosy, warm and filled with natural accents such as cloth curtains and rich wood panelling. However, Kame-ya also has a retro café-like feel – which is quite unique for a ramen place – with a laid-back atmosphere where patrons can sip their miso broth while watching busy chefs cook egg noodles to perfection, before garnishing each bowl of ramen with care.