Monday, September 17, 2012


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?

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.


  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.

    1. My favorites in Tokyo are
      Ikaruga, Fuunji, Guren, and Ivan Ramen, but if you're looking for good ramen specifically in Ikebukuro, I recommend
      Tori no Ana
      KING KONG, and Hanada.