Those of you who crave for Ramen will definitely enjoy its counterpart: Tsukemen noodles. In Japanese, Tsukemen literally means “the noodles that are being put”, usually in soup base. This is a list of 10 most recommended Tsukemen and ramen spots in Tokyo that are worth the detour.
#1. Uma Tsukemen
Uma Tsukemen is famous for its particular side dish: the ramen pot pie. After winning the grand prix in the category “New Wave Ramen”, they now offer a variety of tsukemen such as shrimp, curry, miso and chashu based tsukemen. The servings are 1.5 times more generous than typical ramen which is always a plus for greedy eaters. The noodles are thick and tender, accompanied with a rich soup base. Dipping the pie dough in the soup is certainly a unique experience.
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Address: 1-3-15 Nishisunacho, Tachikawa ward, Tokyo
Access: 3 minute walk from Seibu Tachikawa Station
Hours: 11:30 AM – 10:30 PM
Tabelog: Uma Tsukemen
Rokurinsha’s main restaurant is located in Osaki and became famous when its first restaurant opened in Tokyo. Its seafood based soup, a hint of fish powder and some pork crumbs constitutes a tsukemen particular to Rokurinsha. There is a breakfast menu from 7:30 am to 10:00 am and is very acclaimed in the Tokyo station area.
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Address: 1−9−1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda ward, Tokyo
Access: Tokyo Station Yaesu side central exit on your right
Hours: 7:30 AM – 10:00 AM & 11:00 AM – 10:30 PM
#3. Basso Drill-man
This restaurant specialized in Chuka Soba and expanded their menu to a new spicy kind of tsukemen. This spot is strongly recommended for spicy food lovers. Its diverse topping menu will enable you to make your very own customized tsukemen. There is no limit to the world of flavors!
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Address: 2-9-7 Nishi-ikebukuro, Toshima ward, Tokyo
Access: 10 minute walk from Shiinamachi Station
Hours: 11:30 AM – 9:00 PM
*Closed on Mondays, if holiday closed on Tuesdays
Website: Basso Drill-man
Tabelog: Basso Drill-man
#4. Tsukemen Enji
There is always a long line at Tsukemen Enji. This popular tsukemen shop offers tsukemen a soup base that is rich in fish, pork and especially vegetables, so much that it is known as “vegipota” or simply “vegetable potage”. You can choose among 4 types of noodles and enjoy a quick lunch near the station!
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Address: 1-6-11 Koenjiminami, Suginami ward, Tokyo
Access: 1 minute walk from Kichijyoji Station
Hours: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM & 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
*No break on Week-ends
Tabelog: Tsukemen Enji
#5. ajito ism
Have you ever tried “Pizza Soba” or “Men Rosso”? If you answered no to this, than it is time to try! Here in ajito ism there seem to be a variety of Italian and Japanese fusion food. Enjoy the tomato based soup that you cannot stop eating once you start. It is worth trying at least once in your lifetime.
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Address: 1-37-4 Oi, Shinagawa ward, Tokyo
Access: 6 minute walk from Ōimachi Station
Hours: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM & 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
*Only lunch on Week-ends and Holidays, closed on Thursdays
Tabelog: ajito ism
#6. Gonokami Seisakujo
Those tsukemen have the particularity of having a shrimp based soup that is unexpectedly thick and rich in flavor. The toppings include a piece of bread to dip in the soup and a basilic sauce to add a French touch to it. You can also order grilled cheese rice to mix it with the soup like a risotto.
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Address: 5-33-16 Sendagaya, Shibuya ward, Tokyo
Access: 4 minute walk from Shinjuku Station South exit
Hours: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM & 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
*No break on Week-ends and Holidays, closed on Sundays
Tabelog: Gonokami Seisakujo
#7. Miso Mendokoro Hanamichi
When you are starved and looking for new adventures in the meander of Japanese food, come here and try the miso-based soup. You can get a full plate of vegetables and garlic topping for free. You can also try the fried rice (炒飯 chahan) and pork-donburi that are a must-eat.
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Miso Mendokoro Hanamichi
Address: 6-23-12 Nogata, Nakano ward, Tokyo
Access: 3 minute walk from Nogata Station
Hours: 10:30 AM – 11:00 PM
#8. Kaijin Ramen
Similar to tsukemen, Kaijin is famous for its halal and healthy soup. It is made out of fish grease and bone that changes daily. Its light and neat taste is good with noodles but can be enhanced by adding rice balls ( おにぎり onigiri) into the soup. If it is lining outside, they take your order in the line and serve it almost right away once you are seated at the table. It is one of the only place where halal ramen are served in Tokyo.
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Address: 3-35-7 Shinjuku, Shinjuku ward, Tokyo
Access: 30 seconds walk from Shinjuku Station South exit
Hours: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM & 4:30 PM – 11:30 PM
Ittou is one of the most acclaimed tsukemen spot in Tokyo with its 4.1/5 score on tabelog. The soup is a perfect mixture of Yuzu, black pepper with mashed meat called “tsukune” in Japanese and finally a simmering egg on the side. You will not be disappointed by Ittou.
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Address: 1-4-17 Higashishinkoiwa, Katsushika ward, Tokyo
Access: 3 minute walk from Shin Koiwa station
Hours: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM & 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
#10. Japanese Soba Noodles Tsuta
Last but not least, Tsuta has been rated one-star Michelin the past year and is the first ramen restaurant ever to be awarded as such. It is not so different from typical ramen: its soup is a simple soy sauce based soup. There is one difference compared to typical ramen: the truffle topping. Overall the quality of each ingredient is chosen with precaution and is definitely worth the long line.
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Japanese Soba Noodles Tsuta
Address: 1-14-1 Sugamo, Toshima ward, Tokyo
Access: 2 minute walk from Sugamo Station
Hours: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM & 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM