I did some research and found that Mutekiya probably had the best ramen in Ikebukuro, and off we went. According to their web site, Mutekiya is about a 3-minute walk away from the east exit of the Ikebukuro station. I don't quite remember how long we walked when we got to the shop, but it was definitely more than 3 minutes.
We walked along Meji Dori and arrived at Mutekiya.
"Mutekiya" in kanji.
While we were in line I had to take pictures!
Mutekiya's famous "ramen bowl/wok" sign, where the ingredients of the ramen were illustrated.
After a few minutes wait, a girl from the shop brought us the menu, and took our order. Both John and I ordered their signature ramen (the one on the top right of the page), and I got a side bamboo shoots and "soft center" egg (each for 100yen).
We were able to get seated pretty soon after the girl took our order. We were guided to the seats at the bar that's facing the kitchen.
There are a few pitchers of jasmin tea concentrate (on the right side of the photo) and iced water, where customers can mix the two and make yummy iced teas to their desired strength. I drank a few glasses.
My ramen and sides. Yay!
Mutekiya's ramen was delicious. John and I thought their pork slices were probably the thickest and had the best textures and flavors among all the ramen we had on this trip. Yumminess.
There were also spicy pickles and "no-stink" garlic on the counter.
It was fun to watch and listen to people enjoy their ramen! Notice you can see John's open mouth in the photo. hahaha.
Mutekiya's ramen definitely gave our trip a great start!
P.S. These photos were taken with our Sony camcorder.