Friday, November 5, 2010

田村屋 (Tamuraya in Ochanomizu)

酒と肴と麺の店 田村屋

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From a recent visitor to ramenadventures.com,

"Daishi is getting hot in Bunkyo. It's about a 15min walk from Yushima. A former TV Champion (on TV Tokyo) Ramen King claims it will break through into Ramen fame. Basically Chuka-soba-style with chicken oil. Thoroughly prepared and delightful. For more stimulation, you can try Tamuraya. Closer to Hongo-Sanchome. Their Miso-Niku-Tofu-Tanmen is spicy-hot (if you get the "karasa-ari"), maybe a bit salty and pricey (1,100yen)."

Now that's the kind of comment I like!

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Tamuraya has about 6 or 7 types of tantanmen available. Regular, vegetable, meat, or tofu; plus some seasonal dishes.

The cheese cream tantanmen at was appealing, but I went with the miso mabodofu tantanmen (as recommended) instead.

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A massive brimming bowl. At 1100 yen it's kind of pricey. And though the tantanmen part of the bowl was excellent, the mabodofu was fairly normal. I used to work in the same building as Iron Chen Kenichi's mabodofu shop, so I'm a little spoiled when it comes to the spicy tofu stir fry.

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As always, anything in East Tokyo gets compared to Kikanbou, my favorite spicy miso shop in the area. And as always, I say go to Kikanbou first, and all the other places second.

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I think I'll come back for that cheese cream though.