Ikebukuro, known as the second busiest station just behind Shinjuku Staion, is the mecca for the ramen shops, izakayas, and conveyor belt sushi restaurants where they exist almost every block in town.  Food lovers often visit Ikebukuro to "eat til drop" as the dining places in Ikebukuro are relatively cheaper and competitive enough to be much more higher standard in taste.  


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Hulu-lu (フルル)
Hulu-lu (フルル)


Restaurant: Hulu-lu (フルル)

Phone: 050-5872-4667

Address: 2-60-7, Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo

Nearest Station: 10 minute walk from the Ikebukuro Station west exit

Open Hour: [Mon, Wed - Sat] from 11:30 - 15:00

Close: Tuesday

Hulu-lu is a popular ramen shop in Ikebukuro and it has been widely accepted as one of the best spots for salt and soy sauce based ramen. The high quality of the food is very well furnished and sophisticated with so much thoughts put into every detail. The thin noodles that come with the good chewy texture perfectly match with the lightly flavored chicken based soup while enjoying the nice relaxing Hawaiian music inside. The salt based ramen here is marvelous and a "must order", while the soy sauce based ramen are very decent.  It is our "must go" place in Ikebukuro for a reasonable and fine local food. A shop is a nice cozy place but it might be a little bit too small for such popular place.

 

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Hanada Ikebukuro Ten (花田 池袋店)
Hanada Ikebukuro Ten (花田 池袋店)


Restaurant: Hanada Ikebukuro Ten (花田 池袋店)

Phone: 03-3988-5188

Address: 1-23-8, Higashi Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo, Higashi Ikebukuro ISK Building

Nearest Station: JR Ikebukuro Station 5 minute walk from East Exit

Open Hour: [Mon - Sat] from 11:00 - 23:00

Close: Year-end and New Year holidays

 

Another place that is worth checking out at Ikebukuro is Hanada, which has long been a very popular spot with locals and foreigners who live in Tokyo. If you are a fan of miso based ramen, it is impossible not to like Hanada's ramen. The soup is made of high salt miso which is not spicy but rather sweeter in an unique way.  The special yellow noodles inside are thick enough to feel the chewiness and for the toppings you will find the whole fresh vegetables with a slice of tasty chashu pork right next to them that all blend well with its dense miso based soup.  It is so good that you might get caught in a situation to decide on whether you should do a second bowl. You must not leave Hanada without trying its miso based ramen (790 Yen).

 

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Uchi (我家)
Uchi (我家)


Restaurant: Uchi (我家)

Phone: 03-5391-4448

Address: 2-23-9, Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo Kishino Building 1F

Nearest Station: Ikebukuro Station West exit, 8 minute walk

Open Hour: [Mon - Fri] from 11:00 - 15:00

Close: Sunday

Uchi is one of those hidden ramen shops far and away from the major streets that you would never stumble upon unless somebody recommends it to you and give you a guide specifically to look out for it.  When we first had the mixture of pork bone and seafood based ramen from Uchi, we were stunned how such a small shop in a hidden street in Ikebukuro could serve such outstanding bowl. The great chewy texture of the noodles inside the thick flavored soup, which makes the locals addicted to it sometimes, with a slice of delicious chashu pork set aside with the fresh bamboo shoots is simply phenomenal. Among many tempting choices on the menu, the Tokusei Soba 特製そば (980 Yen) is just exceptionally good. 


Ganko Souhonke (がんこ総本家)
Ganko Souhonke (がんこ総本家)

Restaurant: Ganko Souhonke (がんこ総本家)

Phone: N.A

Address: 1-13-12, Higashiikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo

Nearest Station: 8 minute walk from Ikebukuro Station East Exit

Open Hour: [Mon - Sat] 11:30-15:00, 18:00-22:00

Close: N.A

One of the very unique ramen shops around Ikebukuro that only has 5 counter seats available inside. After you pass those bizarre ornament of bones hanging on the wall at the entrance and get seated, you will find a note on a wall that says "you are not allowed to use your cell phones while eating!"  The Red Devil Ramen, so called Aka Akuma, is a one spicy broth of ramen made of medium thin straight al dente that shines in the delicious salt based soup.  A few slices of juicy chashu pork on top of the noodles are unbelievably tasty and tender which almost melt in your mouth and they surely match perfectly with its soup.  Every bite in Ganko is really pleasure to remember.  They often do special menus using different ingredients which is one of the reasons why people love the place and the owner's playful mind, with price ranging from approximately 700 - 1000 yen which is very reasonable for the quality. 

 

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Vegepota Tsukemen Enji (ベジポタつけ麺えん寺)
Vegepota Tsukemen Enji (ベジポタつけ麺えん寺)

Restaurant: Vegepota Tsukemen Enji (ベジポタつけ麺えん寺)

Phone: 03-3985-6405

Address: 2-48-2, Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo reply Tague Ikebukuro 1F

Nearest Station: 4 minute walk from Ikebukuro Station North exit

Open Hour: 11:30 - 16:00, 17:30 - 23:00

Close: N.A

Another excellent Tsukemen shop near North exit of Ikebukuro Station.  What makes the bowl of Tsukemen in Enji eminent is its dense potage-ish soup.  The soup is not so oily heavy, but rather fresh tasting.  Not too salty and the flavors are just outstanding.  It contains the fatty upper part of the whitefish that makes it look creamy on the surface and the juicy chashu pork with bamboo shoots and mizuna green impressively match with the its seafood based. Once you try dipping 2 or 3 strands of noodles into the soup, you will realize its first rated quality. You must not leave Enji without trying its Vegepota Tsukemen 800 Yen.  It is undisputedly a tsukemen house that you cannot miss out on when you are in Ikebukuro.

 

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Chisoumen Mamiana (馳走麺 狸穴)
Chisoumen Mamiana (馳走麺 狸穴)

Restaurant: Chisoumen Mamiana (馳走麺 狸穴)

Phone: 03-3982-4055

Address: 1-32-2, Higashi Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo Ogawa Building 1F

Nearest Station: 5 minute walk from Ikebukuro Station East Exit

Open Hour: From 11:00 to 22:00

Close: N.A

For those who have never heard of Tsukemen before, it is like a cousin of ramen.  The big difference is you basically dip the noodles into the dense Tsukejiru soup to eat it unlike the ramen noodles that are already inside the soup.  Interestingly, some of the locals prefer Tsukemen more than the ramen, so you may also be able to find out why there are so many local fans of Tsukemen in Japan once you taste it. 

It might not sound too much to call Ikebukuro a mecca for Tsukemen as there are in fact a considerable amount of Tsukemen shops in Ikebukuro, but we believe Mamiana offers one of the best of it in town. Try the Noukou Tsukemen 780 yen and you will be stunned of how tasty the Tsukejiru soup is in Mamiana which is a mixture of animal bone and seafood based that looks quite heavy for the first timers, but once you dip the strands of shining al dente with your chopsticks into the soup, it will definitely make you go weak in the knees.

 

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Sake Sakana Omata (酒・肴 おまた)
Sake Sakana Omata (酒・肴 おまた)

Restaurant: Sake Sakana Omata (酒・肴 おまた)

Phone: 03-3986-7770

Address: 1-7-8, Nishi Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo Seki building 1F

Nearest Station: 5 minute walk from Ikebukuro Station West Exit

Open Hour: 11:30 - 13:15 (L.O), 17:00 - 22:30 (L.O)

Close: Sunday, holiday

Dining out to find exceptional restaurants is not easy, and it is rare to find a Izakaya restaurant like Sake Sakana Omata where all food on the menu are stunningly delicious including the drinks. Although the restaurant is a small place that only has 1 table for 4 and 6 to 7 counter seats available inside, but what you get for return is exceptional.  The quality of the food in Omata is a top-notch starting from vegetable tempuras, fresh fish grilled with salt, extremely tender steaks, chicken liver sauté, and more and more. This is a kind of place where it makes you want to order everything on the menu to enjoy all kinds of their food. The Japanese sake on the other hand somehow perfectly matches with their food and that may give you one of the most pleasurable time in Japan. The quality of the food will be maintained even for lunch. The recommendation for the set menu for lunch is the Fried Chicken Set 850 yen.  Every bite of the juicy fried chicken is absolutely pleasure to remember.

Sumibi Yakitori Omoya (炭火焼鳥 母家)
Sumibi Yakitori Omoya (炭火焼鳥 母家)


Restaurant: Sumibi Yakitori Omoya (炭火焼鳥 母家)

Phone: 03-5950-0377

Address: 1-12-6, Minami Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo Omoya Bld 1F

Nearest Station: JR Ikebukuro Station East exit

Open Hour: [Mon - Sat] 11:30 - 13:30, 17:00 - 22:30 (L.O)

[Sun] 16:00 - 21:30 (L.O)

[Holiday] 11:30 - 13:30, 16:00 - 21:30 (L.O)

Close: New Year holidays, Obon Holidays, GW

 

A short walk and an easy access from the Ikebukuro Station.  Sumibi Yakitori Omoya is a fine local Japanese restaurant where you can enjoy the high quality grilled Yakitoris in a very reasonable price.  The focus here must be their exceptional liver, chicken meatloaf (tsukune), and the super fresh white meat (sasami) which are absolutely a top notch.  The perfect timing of skewing the fresh meat over the charcoal in Omoya is almost like an art which needs the most proficient technique they must have cultivated over the years to deliver best Yakitoris to the customers in a best condition.  And of course, a glass of cold Japanese beer right next to the exceptional grilled chickens makes your foodie experience even deeper.  The restaurant inside is a very Japanese style and relaxing place.  

You may also have the Yakitori set menu (1080 yen) at lunch time which comes with the outstanding piece of grilled chickens on top of its bowl of rice and a miso soup. Enjoy!

 

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Zubora (ずぼら)
Zubora (ずぼら)

Restaurant: Zubora (ずぼら)

Phone: 03-3985-6229

Address: 1, Higashi Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo 23-11

Nearest Station: Ikebukuro Station East exit

Open Hour: 11:00 - 14:00, 17:00 - 23:00(L.O.22:30)

Close: Sunday

Located at Ikebukuro, Zubora is a Japanese Izakaya restaurant which offers decent and well-made set courses including Sashimi, the Grilled Fish, and Boiled Fish at very reasonable prices.  If you are on a budget trip and do not have an idea where to eat especially for lunch at Ikebukuro, try Zubora.  The space inside is quite limited, but it is Japan, you may consider that is part of fun.  The Sashimi, Grilled Fish, and Boiled Fish Set Courses are affordably priced under 800 Yen and you will get 4 types of fresh raw fish for Sashimi Set Course.  This restaurant offers very honest, healthy and simple dishes that represent good value for money.  Needless to say, Zubora is also open at night as it is a Izakaya restaurant offering all kinds of traditional Japanese cuisines. 


Ino (イノ)
Ino (イノ)

Restaurant: Ino (イノ)

Phone: 050-5868-7560

Address: 2F Daini Shanpole 2-40-1, Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo

Nearest Station: Ikebukuro Station West exit

Open Hour: 17:30 - 04:00 (L.O.03:00)

Close: Year-end and New Year (12/31 - 1/4)

For those who like having delicious Japanese sake more than beer while having slices of sashimi (fresh raw fish), Ino is the place to go.  The restaurant has a sharp sense of finding Japanese sake that goes quite well with the food they offer as how wine goes well with the French cuisines.  Though, the focus here is the super fresh raw fish prepared on a stunningly beautiful dish with soy sauce and a bit of wasabi next to it.  You can taste the mind blowing freshness of the sashimi delivered directly from the fish market in your mouth which might also spur your drinking appetite.  Enjoy the outstanding Japanese sake and the fresh sashimi in Ino!


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