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“Pretty good tonkotsu”
Review of Tonchin

Tonchin
Ranked #17 of 4,613 Restaurants in Toshima
Price range: $7 - $9
Neighborhood: Ikebukuro
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Neighborhood: Ikebukuro
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, Tonchin is a good alternative and is no more than a 5-minute walk from the East exit of Ikebukuro station (the same side as Mutekiya).

We were lucky enough to walk right in at about 19:45 on a Saturday night. At the same time, Mutekiya had a 30-minute wait. Since I live in the area, there was no way I was going to wait around. I was hungry, and I wanted my ramen NOW. By the time we were half-way through our food, the place was full with a couple of folks loitering around waiting for a seat, so it seems we timed it pretty well.

Like most ramen joints, you buy your food tickets from a machine just inside the entrance. There is no English, but you can always go by the pictures. If my memory serves, the top row of buttons are the tonkotsu ramen: from the top left the first three buttons are large (大), medium (中), and small/regular (並); the difference being the amount of noodles. I chose medium which I easily demolished. If you want more meat (slices of roast pork, チャーシュー, 'chashu') like I did (or any other toppings like boiled eggs), you need to purchase a topping ticket/s. Look for the two buttons near the bottom with a picture of five slices of meat (チャーシュー). Turn around and give the staff your tickets and then sit down where they will have already set glasses of water.

All in all, the noodles were reasonably thick and the broth was tasty. The chashu wasn't the best I've had, but it was definitely good quality; Chashu is one way to pick a nasty place from a good place like this. The staff were energetic and efficient as you'd expect. There was no gyoza, which was the only disappointment.

Once done, we went for ice cream at the nearby Baskin Robbins.

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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.

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1  Thank Kaedenoha
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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

2  Thank Buuuchan
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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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3  Thank DK_Lush
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Reviewed January 10, 2018
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