|Maruwa tsukemen (830yen)|
Maruwa's thick pork porridge is distinguished by the piping hot stone bowl its served in, keeping the soup hot til the very end, a problem with most tsukemen broths that become lukewarm by the last few slurps. The soup comes out bubbling and frothy, even if its a little too sweet.
The noodles are topped with bits of dried nori, which is another nice touch that you're more likely to find on a plate of soba noodles.
When every shop is serving such solid versions of the same bowl, it's the little things that can set you apart. Oh, and being located steps away from the train station - a rarity for good Nagoya shops - is another plus.
Aichi-ken, Nagoya-shi, Nakagawa-ku, Haruta 1-150-1
Closest stn: Haruta
Open from 11am-2pm and 6-9pm (closed Tuesdays)