Saturday, May 14, 2016
As usual I was naive. I thought if you got to a 97+-rated shop by 11:30, you'd be kinda safe. What did I think 'safe' meant? Because they don't have a lot of seats, and no tables. And a line. What the heck do we do now?
Let me take this opportunity to point out: two shops in Niigata, extremely famous, and one branch right here in lil' ol' Tokyo. If I ever get out to Niigata to see You while he's stationed there, I bet he'll want to go to Aoshima. I'll enjoy telling him I've already been.
You can't tell how big and scaldingly hot this is. And that's helped not at all by the presence of a wife and two kids outside.
The soup is a highlight here, although there's enough of it that you'll never make it through without getting bored. I read in other posts that it includes a lot of ginger for medicinal reasons. Somehow I forgot that.
Reminds me, I didn't have an Hakata ramen on this trip. That's pretty sad. But hey, almost all the ramen I ate was super-high-ranked, and there wasn't anything disappointing in the lot. There's so much pressure when you have limited time to eat, you hate to missfire and go somewhere mediocre. And with the advent of the rating sites, there's really no reason to misfire, unless you get so bored of excellence that you want some mediocrity to remind you why you're alive.
I just want to be free.