The glass-and-steel interior and huge windows make it look like a fancy café, but Basso – the third effort by the guys behind Ikebukuro's Basso Drill-Man and the superb Shinagawa – is a no-frills ramen joint through and through. Grab a seat by the counter and watch the staff speedily whip up a bowl of classic-looking chuka soba, topped with a naruto fish cake for a nostalgic touch. Basso's shoyu soup is rich and powerful, but gets balanced out nicely by the ample leek toppings. Noodle nerds will have fun with the refined, slippery fare on offer, while carnivores ought to appreciate the exquisite pork char siu. Go for a large size only if you're really hungry, or opt for some Niboshi Soba for a lighter choice. Basso is a little out of the way and only opens for lunch at the moment, but don't let that deter you.
130-15 Yamabukicho, Shinjuku-ku
|Opening hours:||11.30am-3.30pm / closed Mon|
|Transport:||Edogawabashi Station (Yurakucho line)|