Restaurants, Ramen Ikebukuro

A ramen-ya that looks more like a Hawaiian café, Hulu-Lu was set up by a fellow who earned his stripes at the late Chabuya, which recently closed down its well-supported location near Gokokuji. The stock here is a chicken and veg base, while the homemade noodles are reportedly made with Hawaiian water (!). Despite its oily appearance, the shop's signature Shoyu Soba tastes rather mild – thanks to the fragrant green onion and fresh yuzu on top. The thin whole-wheat noodles are also a nice match for the soup. Side choices include a Hawaiian-style spam rice ball, which mixes harmoniously with the soup. Look out for the daily specials, and note that Friday is tsukemen-only day.


Venue name: Hulu-Lu
Address: 2-60-7 Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku

Opening hours: 11.30am-3pm, 6pm-9pm (Sun & hols 11.30am-3.30pm only) / closed Tue
Transport: Ikebukuro Station
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