Seems to me there's been some general buzz that this place has declined, but in my most recent visit I would have to say otherwise. Crowds seemed down a bit - I arrived at 6 and sat without a wait - but the ramen was exactly as I remembered. I ordered my standard - tonkatsu with stewed pork and extra noodles. It's fitting for the nation that gave us "umami" to create a dish that exemplifies it so perfectly. That pork broth is just so decadent, and the stewed pork (the sold-out sign went up about 6:20) remains as good as any I've ever tried. If they're slipping, it wasn't apparent Thursday.