Restaurants & Cafés


It's often the case that the most popular restaurants, serving the tastiest grub, have the fewest seats. Located right behind Rikkyo University, Growth has room for seven at the counter, but the master makes sure to prepare his very best ramen for each visitor. Three regular choices are available: tsukemen (¥730), ramen (¥730) and maze-men ('mix noodles', ¥690). The ramen features a rich, meat-based soup with thick and chewy noodles and toppings like soft-boiled egg, bamboo shoots and chunky chashu, while the tsukemen is equally heavy-set but still decently balanced. Look out for the limited-edition niboshi ramen, too.


3-4-2 Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo

Transport Ikebukuro Station

Telephone 03 5877 9678

Open 11:30am-3:30pm (or until stock runs out) / Closed Sun (look out for irregular closing days, too)


Please note: All information is correct at the time of writing but is subject to change without notice.

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