Monday, April 25, 2016
It's hazy in this dirty under-track location too. Which is why it's totally cool and respectable to find a modern, delicious ramen shop doing its thing.
Tetsu empire (although only the second under this banner/in this style, and the first is up near the original Tetsu, in Uguisudani). Back when I was but a mere child in ramen, I remember when Tetsu was one shop in Sendagi that I didn't bother to visit because the lines were famous. Now with 40 outlets there's no waiting. Or not much. I was second in line to get in after I bought my ticket at 1:15. But I was the last person that had to wait.
One of the guys came over to turn the pot while I was there, and it was totally cool to see him reach all the way to the bottom with a huge strainer and pull up all the bones and seaweed and lord knows what else that contributes to the
It's the tokusei, the $10 special. Have I used this line in the last week? "When I see what I get for $10 in Tokyo vs. the $11 sandwiches I get in Chicago, I want to cry and smother myself with a pillow in my sleep."
See the weird shapes on the left? Shrimp wontons. Very delicious.
The noodles were a little meh. Not enough flavor to compete with the soup. Or the soup brooks no competition.
The chashu was, to my palate and jaw, pretty lame. It was thick-cut, tough, and heavily rimmed with fat. No matter how much I try, I'm just not a fan of heavy rimming.
Here's the deal: you want the ramen or maybe tsukemen. You want an egg. You want wontons. You don't need the pork. I didn't even drink all the soup.
I LEFT A SPOONFUL BECAUSE I AM SO DECOROUS