Irohaya is a rather modest place: set in the ramen 'battleground' of Asagaya, its only outwardly distinguishing feature is a simple white awning with the name chalked on it. Their chuka soba is simple and served in an old-school way, with the noodles folded into a curved shape similar to the hiragana for no, but simplicity is exactly what makes this bowl tick. The thin noodles are homemade, and the chicken and shiitake broth is quite refreshing. Toppings include two different types of char siu – both pork leg and rib meat – as well as not-so-smelly bamboo shoots. Despite them having been in business only since spring 2016, the folks behind Irohaya already boast a healthy crowd of regulars; they seem to be particularly popular with the local elderly population. It's a place for everyone, we'd say, and worth seeking out if you need a bit of simple noodle comfort.
6-13-1 Asagaya-Kita, Suginami-ku
|Opening hours:||11.30am-2pm, 6pm-9pm / closed Wed|
|Transport:||Asagaya Station (Chuo, Sobu lines), north exit|