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2-26-2 Minamiikebukuro, Toshima 171-0022, Tokyo Prefecture
+81 3-3987-8556
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Japanese noodle with mix broth of pork and fish. Free steam rice service in Lunch time. All day free for home made Kimchi 土曜日のお昼11:30ごろ訪問。既に席は満席手前。スープは見た目よりもコッテリしておらず、魚介系の風味も手伝ってか、食べやすいお味かと。ランチタイムのライスサービスや、食べ放題自家製キムチも嬉しい。

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 4, 2015
Toshima, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

Japanese noodle with mix broth of pork and fish. Free steam rice service in Lunch time. All day free for home made Kimchi 土曜日のお昼11:30ごろ訪問。既に席は満席手前。スープは見た目よりもコッテリしておらず、魚介系の風味も手伝ってか、食べやすいお味かと。ランチタイムのライスサービスや、食べ放題自家製キムチも嬉しい。

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Tonchin is known for their Tokyo-style tonkotsu ramen, which is different from the classic Hakata-style tonkotsu in that it is a mix of pork broth and shoyu (plus a few other things). As a result the soup is less rich and doesn't have the creaminess of Hakata-style tonkotsu, which I enjoy. For this reason it didn't really suit my preferences,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Tonchin is a tonkotsu ramen joint; the best kind of ramen, if you ask me. Tonkotsu ramen is a pork-bone-broth ramen from Kyushuu (the best is in Kumamoto). There is a more famous place at Ikebukuro, Mutekiya. However, being that it has been labeled by some as the best in Tokyo, you can expect to wait around dinner time. However,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

This ranks right up there with Mutekiya, my other favorite ramen place in Ikebukuro. I think the noodles here might be better than Mutekiya but the pork slices at Mutekiya are better. Both places deserve the highest rating. You don't need to order extra noodles unless you are very hungry as the portions are sufficiently large.

1 Thank brisayo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013 via mobile

Consistently good noodles and service. This place is a must see for a tourist that wants to taste what a real ramen tastes like. Might be a bit of a challenge if the japanese language is not your forte but thats the reason why you are here. Local favorite for many and the price is reasonable. Enjoy

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2011

This place is just a few minutes from hotel Metropolitan where we recently stayed. Food was awesome and the people who run it are extremely nice and polite. The chef ran after us into the street to try and return a small tip we left. We will have to eat there again next time we're in Tokyo. Great food!!!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2-26-2 Minamiikebukuro, Toshima 171-0022, Tokyo Prefecture
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kanto  >  Tokyo Prefecture  >  Tokyo  >  Toshima>  > Ikebukuro
  • Neighborhood: Ikebukuro
  • Phone Number: +81 3-3987-8556

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 7 - 8
  • Cuisine: Noodle, Asian


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