Monday, December 5, 2016

大つけ麺博 (Grand Tsukemen Fest 2016)


I'm not going to review each shop, as the event is long over by the time you are reading this. Just know that these ramen events are madness, and the quality is very high these days. I made videos each week, check em out!

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4

A big thanks to everyone who has helped my YouTube channel grow. Almost 12,000 subscribers. Will 2017 be the year I go viral?

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Michelin Starred Ramen 2017 (Tsuta and Nakiryu)

蔦 と 鳴龍


Congratulations to the two ramen shops that received Michelin stars for 2017. Above is Nakiryu, which came out of nowhere. Fantastic shop, and looking back on my review, somewhere that is deserving, but I don't think any of the Tokyo-based ramen nerds expected that. The fact that Nakiryu and Tsuta are both just a short walk from each other in a relatively unknown part of town makes me think that the secret Michelin judges all live in Bunkyu-ku, and these are the bowls they slurp when they don't want to walk far.

It's a conspiracy!

Actually, the master at Nakiryu previously worked at Chabuya, and went on to create high-end MIST, a shop that, back in 2010, I found a bit bland. Well, MIST moved to Hong Kong and was awarded two Michelin stars back in 2011 and 2012, before closing. If anyone knows how to win over the mysterious Michelin judges, it's a previous star holder.

Oh, and Tsuta retained their one star status.


My review of Tsuta is here.
My review of Nakiryu is here.

Of course, many shops were given a bib gourmand status. See the entire list here.

Monday, November 28, 2016

道 (Michi in Ikebukuro)

つけめん 油そば 道


Oops! I went to the wrong shop.


You see, there is a shop called Michi. It's a shop that sits high on my list of bowls to crush. In fact, Michi is #1 on that looming list of the 50 best shops in Japan that I have been trying to complete.


So I went here, to a shop called Michi. But that word, Michi, simply means road, and there are countless shops with this name. I had, in typical me fashion, not done my research.


No wonder there was no line.


Not a bad shop, but nothing special. Just a normal tsukemen shop. This one was a bit in the Marucho style, a style which I love. But since it is only a few stations from the Meijiro Marucho, I'd say skip it and head there instead.


Map of 3 Chome-3-2 Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tōkyō-to 170-0014

Tokyo, Toshima-ku, Ikebukuro 3-3-2
Closest station: Kanamecho

Open 11:00-2:00am