Get your udon fix early in the morning, really late at night or any time in between at Gotanda's standing-only shrine to noodles. Found right outside the station, this rough-and-ready joint serves up bowls from as low as ¥300, and attracts queues every single day at lunchtime. Once you get in, it might take a while before you feel comfy hovering around the narrow counter, but any tension is quickly swept away once you get a taste of the firm udon and light, fresh broth. The tempura here is always freshly fried, so make sure to order some of the popular chicken variety (toriten) to go with your noodles.
1-6-3 Nishi-Gotanda, Shinagawa-ku
|Opening hours:||Mon-Sat 7am-3am, Sun & hols 7am-12midnight|
|Transport:||Gotanda Station (Yamanote, Asakusa, Tokyu Ikegami lines)|