Takano is one of Tokyo's legendary shops. They've been around for over 20 years, still serving the same classic bowl, still using quality Japanese ingredients.
Nakanobu isn't on many people's radars, especially tourists, but it well could be. Takano is just off the famous Skip Road, a covered shopping street that stretches 330 meters. It's a cool, old-school side of Tokyo, not that far from the center.
And despite the English menu, Takano is a cool, old-school ramen shop.
The hours may have been longer in the past, but now it is strictly lunch.
Classic Tokyo style. Two kinds of Japanese chicken are used for the stock, and plenty of dried fish for that smoky punch that defines Tokyo ramen.
The tsukemen soup is made from pork and duck, a solid match with the whole grain noodles.
Noodles that are made in house, and are a big draw for fans of this style.
Ms. Takano-san is still here, serving bowl after bowl to the masses.
The entire menu is actually quite extensive, with the spicy sesame bowl looking like another winner.
You'll probably wait 20-30 minutes, but you'll have checked off one that is worthy of a visit or two.
Tokyo, Shinagawa-ku, Nakanobu 2-15-10
Closest station: Ebaranakanobu