For this entry, I ordered from Tsurumen, in Davis Square (420 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA 02144). Currently, they have dine in, take out, and delivery options: Grubhub (delivery and pickup), UberEats (delivery and pickup), and Seamless (delivery).
They have a few options when it comes to ramen, most of which are based on a chicken broth; their most popular option is the Shoyu (醤油/soy sauce) ramen. Other options currently available include the Vegan Miso (味噌/fermented soybean paste) ramen, the paitan chicken broth ramen, a Miso gyūkotsu (牛骨/beef broth) ramen, and the “Formula 2020 Shiso Wonton Shio” ramen.
I have to admit, I deviated from the precedent of ordering the most basic ramen in this instance as the “Formula 2020” caught my intrigue; it was a shio (塩/salt) based ramen with chicken broth, and the main hallmark is the chicken and shiso (紫蘇/perilla) wontons it comes with. The bowl also comes with negi (ネギ/scallions), tamanegi (玉ネギ/onions), and menma (メンマ/fermented bamboo shoots).
This was an amazing bowl of ramen, and I cannot overstate just how well-tuned every piece of the puzzle was; the chicken broth was light and paired nicely with the soft noodles, and the shio base went well with the shiso (which happens to be my favorite herb). In all, Tsurumen Davis is an absolute must, and it doesn’t hurt that you can double up and go to Yume ga Arukara across the street right after if you’re ready to keep going!