Sugamo: Ramen
Tsuta (Sugamo: Ramen)
Open 11am-4pm. Closed Tuesdays, Wednesdays.
Sun: Open Sundays
no smoking: No smoking

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
Toshima-ku, Sugamo 1-14-1.
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