Tetsu | つけめんTETSU 千駄木本店
Style: Tonkotsu Gyokai Tsukemen
Bowl to Crush: Tokusei Tsukemen | 特製つけ麺
Tetsu is one of Tokyo's original great tonkotsu gyokai tsukemen shops. In its heyday the line stretched hours deep daily, as patrons waited patiently to slurp down the shop's innovative thick, viscous pork bone and seafood-based soup. This bowl is rich, decadent and deeply satisfying. Of course, nowadays shops that serve this style of ramen or tsukemen are a dime a dozen in Japan, but Tetsu predates almost all of them.
The tsukemen noodles here typically come 'hiyamori' style, which means they are rinsed in cold water and served slightly cold. Another option is 'atsumori,' which involves a quick dip back in hot water after a rinsing so that they are served warm. At Tetsu, if you order 'atsumori' your noodles are served in a warm dashi soup. Tetsu also offers yaki-ishi, a hot stone that you can drop into your soup at any time to heat it back up. If you leave it in long enough, the stone will bring your soup back up to a boil.
There are no gimmicks or games at Tetsu. The shop interior is plain and functional. It's all about glorious noodles and deep, bold soup.
This head shop opened in 2005, but now Tetsu has become a chain and has branches all over Tokyo. Still worth checking out the original.
Opening Hours: 11am-4pm, 5pm-11pm
Days Closed: None
4-1-14 Sendagi, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo