Tsuta, near Sugamo Station on the northern side of the Yamanote train line, can be a bit of a hassle to get to. They are only open for lunch, and often have a huge line. Expect a wait of twenty or thirty minutes. But if you were going to choose just one line to wait in, Tsuta wouldn't be a bad decision.
The shop serves up probably the most refined bowl of ramen in Japan. Choice ingredients, like free range chickens from Akita and a blend of different small-batch soy sauces, are topped with a touch of truffle oil, a truly luxurious combination. Go for the shoyu bowl with the egg (Ajitama shoyu soba Y950), and drink every last drop of the soup.
[Note: since being awarded a Michelin star, Tsuta has instituted a ticketing system. They give out tickets at 8am; these tickets will indicate the time later in the day when you can come back for ramen.]
by Brian MacDuckston
This book will introduce you to more than twenty of Japan's favorite specialty foods that are less well known abroad, along with a guide to the best places in Tokyo to try them and expert tips on what to order. From Bento.com.