Thursday, January 27, 2011

Mutekiya Ramen @ Ikebukuro, Tokyo

Cuisine: Japanese (Ramen)
Price: JPY1,200 per person (what I paid for)
Visited: 21 January 2011
Food: 7/10
Atmosphere: 3/10
Value for money: 7/10
Service: 3/10
Overall: 5/10

Mutekiya Ramen situates in Ikebukuro area of Tokyo near Seibu Department Store. This ramen shop is rather small and can accommodate not more than 20 customers at a time. Hence, it can be easily spotted with the long queue outside the shop. I would recommend those who wish not to wait for long queue (could be up to 30 minutes) to visit Mutekiya before 11:30am for lunch and before 05:00pm for dinner, otherwise go for late night supper. Mutekiya has claimed to boil its stock for more than 16 hours before it is ready to be served, which would result in thick broth with sweet succulent taste.

The Famous Sign Post of Mutekiya (無敵家)

The Restaurant Symbol of Popular Honmarumen (本丸麺)

Recommended Ramen

Kani Miso Aji Men (カニミ) was a ramen with soup based on a combination between kani (crab paste) and miso (bean paste). Without doubt, the first thing I felt was tenderness and juiciness of chachu (pork). The soup base was a little salty and fishy like, of course from kani. Boiled egg was very soft and sauvory, expecially the perfect egg yolk (7/10).

Kani Miso Aji Men (カニミ)

Nikutamamen (肉玉麺), this is indeed a must try ramen at Mutekiya. The tonkotsu soup (pork bone broth) was ultimately rich and thick (though rather fatty). Chachu was again tender and thickness. Egg with runny yolk was enjoyable. Additional touch from fried garlic could be intimate (8/10).

Nikutamamen (肉玉麺)

Nikutamamen with Fried Garlic

Yakigyoza (餃子), unlike the ramen, was rather normal from my point of view. Even though, it was crisp on the skin but filling was to little. The good point was hint of yuzu which was subtle (5/10).

Yakigyoza (餃子)

Mutekiya Ramen is indeed a superior ramen shop. Just for the taste, I would regard this as one of the top ten ramen. Definitely a must try and worth a return journey, even I have to queue.

Mutekiya Ramen @ Ikebukuro, Tokyo
1-17-1 Minami Ikebukuro
Tokyo 169-0051

麺創房無敵家 @ 池袋, 東京

Open Hours: 10:30am - 04:00am
Tel: +81 (0) 3 3982 7656


  1. If you're a fan of strong pork broth (shiro tonkatsu) based ramen, I would recommend Bankara Ramen on Soi 39 Sukhumvit.

    In Tokyo, I'm sure you are already aware of Ippudo, which just opened in Singapore and NYC, and Kyushu Jangara Ramen in Harajuku. Excellent if you like tonkatsu broth. Nice pics again ;)

  2. Bankara was a good one in BKK but still have no chance to review.

    I should try Ippudo then, have a chance to go to Singapore at the end of May and will surely review. Thanks T.

  3. It's at Mandarin Gallery on Orchard, 4th Floor! Enjoy!

  4. I loved Mutekiya - the unbeatable store.


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