The drill boys at Basso do a good one, with a ramen that will pierce the heavens.
|Tsukemen chumori (800yen)|
Definitely some influence from Ikebukuro Taishoken, where the owners trained, but with a broth that packs a much stronger punch.
It's still light, however, and pairs well with the fantastic homemade noodles. Very chewy and comes in portions of 200-600g (I settled in-between with 400g).
Not to be outdone, the Aburasso is also a nice summer alternative.
|Aburasso (800 yen)|
There were a surprising amount of young ladies in the shop ordering this. Lots of oil, fat, meat, noodles, and spices, and you can even get a soup wari for it, the first I've ever seen.
Basso has another branch nearby that serves up more traditional ramen. We'll be there.
Tokyo, Toshima-ku, Nishi-Ikebukuro 2-9-7
Closest stn: Mejiro
Open from 1130am-9pm (closed Mondays)