3 Delicious Tsukemen Ramen Restaurants in Tokyo
When you think about Japanese food, what comes to your mind? Sushi, ramen…the variety in Japan is huge indeed. But there is so much more that the Japanese cuisine has to offer, if you take a closer look.
Tsukemen is an underrated dish among tourists, but it is in no way inferior to ramen.
To put it simply, tsukemen (つけ麺) are noodles which are eaten after being dipped in a separate bowl of soup or broth. Ramen are used in general for this dish though sometimes soba or udon is used. The noodles are typically served cold and you’re dipping them in the hot soup or broth that can be warmed up several times for free in the restaurants. You can find different ways of serving and ingredients, but the most used ingredients are mainly nori, chashu (pork slices), menma (bamboo slices), and boiled eggs that are served on a side dish or together with the noodles. You can find small pots on the tables or counter that are filled with hot water that you can fill into the soup or broth to drink it in the end after you ate all the noodles.
Let me introduce you three tsukemen restaurants that are very different and good for tsukemen beginners.
Ganso Mentai Nikomi Tsukemen
This restaurant is located across the Ikebukuro Station’s East Exit. The entrance is a little bit hidden, so keep your eyes open for the signboard. This restaurant is well known for its Tsukemen with Mentaiko flavor. Mentaiko is a red sack of salted cod roe.
When you enter the restaurant you can see a few pots with wooden chips. There you can choose your spice level for the dish. There are six levels in total.
The broth is served in a pot with an additional bread that you can also use for dipping.
On a wall you can see many autographs from popular people who already visited the restaurant that has been aired in many different TV shows.
You can choose between 100g to 300g Tsukemen for ¥1,280 or 400g for ¥1,560.
Address: 〒171-0022 Tokyo, Toshima City, Minamiikebukuro, 1 Chome−21−5 第７野萩ビル 2階
Nidaime Tsujita Tsukemen
This restaurant is easy to reach from Akihabara or Kanda and if you want to visit it, make sure you try to avoid the typical lunch time, because there’s always a long line in front of the restaurant and since Kanda is full of offices, many salarymen decide to have lunch in this restaurant.
The thing what makes the tsukemen really special is the fact that the noodles are served with a sudachi, Japanese lime. You squish it over the noodles and dip them in the broth afterwards. A flavorful highlight.
A regular Tsukemen dish costs ¥880, and ¥980 with an egg.
Address: 〒102-0072 Tokyo, 4 Chome-8-14 Iidabashi, Chiyoda City
This restaurant is just a few meters away by foot from the Nakanobu station. It has been honored with many awards including a Michelin Award and has existed for over 20 years. The Tsukemen dish is very popular and even in the morning, there's already a long line in front of the restaurant.
For everyone who doesn’t want to wait, the restaurant offers their Tsukemen and broth frozen for takeout.
The Tsukemen dish is very traditional regarding the taste and the ingredients. The broth is made of pork and duck.
A regular Tsukemen dish costs ¥750.
Address: 〒142-0053 Tokyo, 2 Chome-15-10 Nakanobu, Shinagawa City