Saturday, September 19, 2009

なんつッ亭 (Nantsuttei in Ikebukuro)

なんつッ亭

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When Nate over at Waseda Ramen gets excited about a bowl, you know it's gonna be good. Enter Nantsuttei.

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The first thing you notice upon entering the store is the likeness of the owner EVERYWHERE. This is in no way a unique quirk, as many ramen chefs become sort of celebrites, and their faces somewhat of a branding tool. The master in question here is Ichiro. Head over to Nate's site for the run down on this dude. It's pretty interesting.

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Yeah, the business cards are pretty fresh. But how is the ramen?

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Hellllla good. This is Kumamoto style. Notice the signature mark of Kumamoto ramen, the black layer of burnt garlic oil. You can imagine that a bad bowl of Kumamoto ramen would be really bad.

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The noodles stand up, the toppings are on point, and the soup is excellent.

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Not sure about the use of ぶー here. Buuuuu is:
  1. The sound a pig makes
  2. The sound of farting
  3. The first sound in my name (Bu-ra-i-an)
Maybe it's also the sound of a big, happy belly. In that case

BUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU

The shop was really nice and comfortable, with booths and shiny counters. I'd label this post with a "suitable for a date" tag... except the shop is smack dab in the middle of a street of soaplands and sketchy massage parlors!

Shop info here