First and foremost Ramen and Tsukemen are two different dishes. Ramen is served in a piping hot bowl where the noodles and the soup are mixed in perfect harmony. Tsukemen, on the other hand, is eating noodles with a twist. Instead of mixing the soup and the noodles together, these two inseparable combinations are in fact separated into two different servings.
In one hand you have a bowl of soup, and on the other, you have a bowl of cold noodles. The right way of eating Tsukemen is to dip the noodles into the sauce before you eat it. This way, the firmness of the noodles is preserved and the taste of the soup remains unchanged which leads to a seemingly unique and profound way of eating noodles!
Here are some of the best restaurants in Tokyo where you can enjoy Tsukemen!
1. Japanese Soba Noodles Tsuta (ジャパニーズソバヌードル 蔦) in Sugamo
Tsuta is a very popular noodle restaurant in northern Tokyo. Due to its popularity, you’ll often see a long queue of people that is willing to wait for an hour just to taste their delicious ramen and tsukemen. In order to make a reservation, you need to get a ticket early in the morning (the earlier the better!) and come to the specified time that is designated on your ticket. Don’t worry, your effort will surely be worth your time!
Address: 1-14-1 Sugamo, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Website: http://ameblo.jp/yuki-onishi/ (Japanese Only)
2. Ginza Kagari (銀座 篝) in Ginza
There is a restaurant in Ginza that is called Kagari which is very popular for noodle lovers. The secret behind its popularity is the thick and creamy broth that they serve to accompany their noodle dishes. Just one sip and you’ll be convinced that it is the best chicken broth that you had ever tasted in your life!
Address: 4 Chome-4-1 Ginza Chuo-ku, Tokyo
3. Fuunji (風雲児) in Shinjuku
If you happen to be in Shinjuku and decided to eat at Fuunji, you better be prepared to wait in a looooooooong line! That being said, you also need to say Hi to your best friend (The vending machine) and choose the ¥1,000 yen ticket for the highly recommended Tokusei Tsukemen! Afterward, you’ll need to endure and wait patiently (and watch patiently) as the people in front of you finish eating this delicious noodle dish.
Address: 2-14-3 Yoyogi Shibuya Tokyo
Website: http://www.fu-unji.com (Japanese Only)
4. Tsukemen Gonokami Seisakujo (つけ麺 五ノ神製作所) in Shinjuku
Gonokami Seisakujo’s is well known for their Ebi Tsukemen. The rich shrimp broth coupled with their buckwheat noodles creates a unique and tasty combination. Once seated, you’ll get a large serving of thick brown noodles topped with boiled cabbage which is more than enough to satisfy your tsukemen craving.
Address: 5-33-16 Sendagaya Shibuya Tokyo
5. Mensho Tokyo (メンショー トーキョー) in Korakuen
Just a short walk from Tokyo Dome, Mensho Tokyo is a great place to enjoy Tsukemen. Their specialty is their Lamb broth accompanied by their specially made home-made noodles. This is definitely one of the best combinations of tsukemen that you’ll ever taste in Tokyo.
Address: 1-15-9 Kasuga Bunkyo Tokyo
Website: http://menya-shono.com/tokyo/ (Japanese Only)
6. Tsukemen House Rihei Restaurant (つけ麺家 利平) in Asakusa
Just a short walk from Senso-ji Temple in Asakusa is Tsukemen House Rihei. There are plenty of broths and noodles to choose from, and each of them is delicious. If you like something spicy, make sure to try their spicy tsukemen!
Address: 1-13-9 Kaminarimon, Taito-ku, Tokyo
7. Menya Musashi (麺屋武蔵) in Shinjuku
When you go to Menya Musashi, you must go their hungry. Just a few blocks north of Shinjuku station and you’ll find this place. The rich and flavorful soup with pork meat literally melts in your mouth, and the noodles are thick and chewy.
Address: 7-2-6 Nishishinjuku Shinjuku Tokyo
Website: http://www.menya634.co.jp/ (Japanese Only)
8. AFURI (原宿) in Harajuku
Their signature bowl of Yuzu Shio Ramen and their Tsukemen noodles dipped in Umami Tare is something you’ll have to taste at least once, if you ever find yourself in Harajuku. The charcoal grilled strips of pork belly enhances the overall taste of their noodle dish and will make you say “Oishii!”
Address: 3-63-1 Sendagaya Shibuya Tokyo
9. Tatsunoya (ラーメン 龍の家) in Shinjuku
If you happen to have a craving for delicious pork bone broth, then drop by at Tatsunoya in Shinjuku. Their thick egg tsukemen noodles are firm and chewy and the sauce is delicious and heavy. A great place to visit when you feel like eating a large bowl of Tsukemen noodles!
Address: 7-4-5 Nishishinjuku Shinjuku Tokyo
Website: http://www.tatsunoya.net/ (Japanese Only)
10. Karashibi Miso Ramen Kikanbo (カラシビ味噌らー麺 鬼金棒) in Kanda
Large thick slices of pork belly (chasu) combined with delicious broth and generous servings of noodles, awaits you at Karashibi Miso Ramen Kikanbo. For those who love a bit of spice in their life (and broth), there are varying degrees of spiciness that will put your taste buds to the test!
Address: 2-10-10 Kajicho, Chiyoda, Tokyo
Website: http://karashibi.com/ (Japanese Only)
Restaurant Data is as of November 2016
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