Arguably the best ramen in Tokyo, Menya Kissou has the longest line I've ever seen and ever waited in. I arrived at 11:50am and didn't start eating my tsukemen until 1:10pm. I am not kidding. I waited over an hour in hot and sticky humid misery! I think I've officially gained ramen otaku (geek) status. I just hope it lives up to Exile Kiss' #1 all-time favorite ranking.
With only a counter capacity of nine, this line took 5 games of solitaire on my phone to move a foot. After awhile, it felt like the semi (cicadas) were mocking us with their rhythmic chatter. And before I get started on how good Menya Kissou was, I think I'd have to agree with Ramen Tokyo and say that it's probably not worth the wait (and he only had to wait 45 min), but under other circumstances, say 15 minutes or so, I would crave it everyday.
Chashu Tsukemen: If I had to choose between ramen or tsukemen, I'd most likely choose ramen 90% of the time. Menya Kissou does offer ramen as well, but I decided to go with the tsukemen on this humid summer day. And without a doubt, it was amazing! The soup is a lightly flavored tonkotsu that smells fresh and performs like a soothing lubricant. With so many good ramen-ya's in Tokyo it's hard to pinpoint the best, but I wouldn't argue its #1 ranking one bit.
The noodles alone were the best I've had on this trip. Firm and chewy, they can probably cure cavities and gingivitis from its freshness.
The cold cut chashu becomes a moist piece of pig after a quick skinny dip.
The hanjyuku egg was so good it should be outlawed. This really isn't fair.
I often wonder if ramen-ya's like this would do good in the states. I know there's people like you and me who would frequent a place like this all the time, but what about the other American's who don't quite understand this flavor. Would they eventually get it too?