I’d been to Taketoraya a number of times before reviewing it. But I’d only been there late at night after having too much to drink and catching the last train home from Tokyo. I finally decided to visit during the day and do a proper review. I went on a Monday in mid-December. Taketoraya is a small shop that serves Yokohama iekei ramen.
I ordered a regular-sized bowl of ramen and opted against the free rice service which is made available at lunchtime. My ramen came topped with spinach, nori, green onion, and one thick slice of smoky pork.
The soup has a nice brown colour. I ordered it with less oil. It’s pretty good, but salty and quite heavy. You definitely feel like you need to drink about two litres of water after eating this ramen. I usually finish all of the soup whenever I have ramen, but I couldn’t finish this soup. I was just too full.
At Yokohama iekei shops, you can order your noodles soft, regular or firm. I always order firm. The noodles were the typical thick Yokohama-style, but they weren’t as firm as I would have liked.
This isn’t a bad shop. I prefer Tsunashima Shoten for iekei ramen though. I just find the soup is too salty and heavy. I might go back here again, but probably only late at night after a few drinks since it’s the only place in this area that stays open past midnight.
Location: About 2 minutes from Tsunashima Station
Price: ¥650 for nami; free rice at lunchtime
Seating: Counter only – 9 seats