Monday, September 17, 2012

Mutekiya

Another day in Tokyo means another day of continuing to try places I loved when I lived there.  Next up is Mutekiya.  Back about two and a half years ago when I first arrived in Tokyo, I didn't know that much about ramen, and I had not eaten at that many shops.  I did a little bit of research, and one of the first "good" shops I went to was Mutekiya.  It was a huge step above the random places I had been to, and it instantly became my favorite.  Even after trying a number of other good shops, there has always been a special place in my heart for my gateway to ramen, Mutekiya.  Now how would it hold up for my first visit in almost two years?

Information
麺創房 無敵家
1-17-1 Minamiikebukuro

The Bowl
One of the more vivid memories I had of Mutekiya was the absurdly fatty broth.  And in this way, my memory did not disappoint.  It was a rich, tonkotsu with little globules of fat floating to the top.  The noodles were straight and thick, but a little too firm as they came apart without even needing to bite.  The chashu was very thick, but a bit too tender as it fell apart in the soup when I tried to grab it with chopsticks.  Overall the bowl was solid but not amazing; I understand why I liked it so much when I first had it, but since then I've had many better bowls.

Would I Go Again?
I always have a special place in my heart for Mutekiya.

Should You Go?
The line is long and there are better bowls in Ikebukuro, so you don't need to.

2 comments:

  1. Hi, I found your blog while reading up on Mutekiya. As I will be staying in the Ikebukuro area I'd appreciate your suggestions on some of the good ramen places there. Thanks.

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    1. My favorites in Tokyo are
      Kururi
      http://www.friendsinramen.com/2012/09/kururi.html
      Kikanbo
      http://www.friendsinramen.com/2012/12/kikanbo.html
      Ikaruga, Fuunji, Guren, and Ivan Ramen, but if you're looking for good ramen specifically in Ikebukuro, I recommend
      Tori no Ana
      http://www.friendsinramen.com/2013/01/tori-no-ana.html
      KING KONG, and Hanada.

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