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Tonchin

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2-26-2 Minamiikebukuro, Toshima 171-0022, Tokyo Prefecture
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+81 3-3987-8556
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11:00 - 04:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 04:00
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Toronto, Canada
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26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Was told by a high school student that this was the best Ramen in Ikeburo, was not disapointed. Friendly effecient service. Great tasting ramen right down to the last spoonful. First experience with the ramen ticket machine out front, pretty easy to navigate if you watch a few people go before you.

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Thank Flumpydog
Queensland, Australia
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31 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

A wonderful experience in a lively authentic Ramen restaurant. Even though I was so full, I did not want to stop eating the tastiest Ramen i have ever eaten.Great service, prompt and polite.Grateful they had English on the Ticket vending machine.

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Thank tropic3
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2016

I loved this ramen bar - ordering via vending machine was a novelty and super convenient - the service was friendly and quick, the beer was ice cold, the gyoza perfect and the ramen... wow. We had to go another night as I couldn't stop thinking about that ramen.

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Thank Kate W
london
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64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2016 via mobile

Fab pork tonkutsu round the corner from the Gracery hotel. 680 yen for a filling portion. Also had the gyozas which were also delicious and just over 300 yen I believe :) I'll be back!

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Thank helenp56
Gold Coast
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2016 via mobile

I recently ate at Tonchin and it was awesome. The pork bone broth was superb and the ramen was the best I'd ever had. Highly recommend it!

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Thank Carl S
Toshima, Japan
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947 reviews
704 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2015 via mobile

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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Malaysia
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309 reviews
192 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 163 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 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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Thank jchong
Tokyo
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63 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 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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Ottawa, Canada
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$7 - US$9
Cuisine
Asian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations
Good for
Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 04:00
Monday
11:00 - 04:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 04:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 04:00
Thursday
11:00 - 04:00
Friday
11:00 - 04:00
Saturday
11:00 - 04:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2-26-2 Minamiikebukuro, Toshima 171-0022, Tokyo Prefecture
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kanto  >  Tokyo Prefecture  >  Tokyo  >  Toshima>  > Ikebukuro
  • Neighbourhood: Ikebukuro
  • Phone Number: +81 3-3987-8556

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Ikebukuro
Ikebukuro is an area of massive development. Several thousand tenants occupy two giant department stores and shopping malls, where all sorts of shopping and gourmet foods can be enjoyed. The 60-story building at the east entrance of the station, Sunshine City, is a landmark within Ikebukuro and features an aquarium, planetarium, theme park as well as an observation platform. The popular name for the western side of this area is "Otome Road" (Maiden Road) and there are many shops selling products related to anime with a female theme. It has rapidly become the worldwide headquarters for ‘otaku’ or geek culture.
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