Seitoku (勢得) serves one of the most acclaimed (and heavy) bowls of tsukemen (dipping ramen) in Tokyo. They’re more than generous with their noodle portions – come hungry!
Seitoku – The Depths of Setagaya
Seitoku is located in the depths of residential Setagaya-ku, with Chitose-Funabashi being the closest station. They’re only open at lunch (11:30 am – 2:30 pm).
There’s never a dull moment for the master (it’s just him in the shop). You’ll understand this as you watch him weave about the kitchen. It’s fascinating to watch.
Tsukemen, their Forte
Seitoku serves tonkotsu gyokai (pork and fish) style tsukemen. But their broth is not as thick or fishy as other shops. This is despite them also using a shrimp oil. But it is very meaty, with that familiar sweet and sourness, even if this is toned down somewhat.
The noodles are thick and slippery and for a moment, you might think you’re eating udon. The regular size noodle portion is still massive. For what you’re paying, you get a lot!
“All toppings” will include flavored egg, a sheet of seaweed, and plenty of thick and fatty pork chunks.
Ramen, Equally Good
Just like their tsukemen, their ramen has an old-school touch. The noodles are the same. But the broth has even less of that sweet and sour quality, and more of a pork richness. The shrimp oil they use is more noticeable in the ramen.\
Both tsukemen and ramen will leave you more than satisfied. Again, just make sure to come on an empty stomach!