Old school ramen: Taishoken
Eifukucho Taishoken (ET for short; 3-5-3 Izumi, Suginami-ku. Open daily 11am-1am. Tel: 03-3321-5048) is one of those shops. Back in 1955 you could get a steaming hot bowl of their excellent niboshi-rich ramen for a paltry ¥35. Times were tough back then, and ET may have inadvertently created the first round-the-block ramen line for their affordable, comforting bowl. These days, the price my have gone up with the times (chukamen is ¥1,050), but the line is still persistent. A word of warning: the layer of oil on top is near scalding—be very careful!