Tuesday, December 21, 2010

松風 (Matsukaze in Akihabara)

秋葉らーめん 松風

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I spilled a beer on my keyboard, rendering it useless. This meant that the next days adventure would be into the heart of Akihabara, the electronic district of the city.

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I set the bar low for this shop, even though Matsukaze is in every ramen magazine and book, usually near the front. Akihabara isn't known for it's good food. Maid cafes, 7-story robot stores, and Ferraris decorated with anime decals - yes. Great noodles - no.

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Then I had a taste. This is an excellent bowl. Unexpected.

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The shop blends a typical fish and pork broth with a vegetable puree. The result is a thick, rich, and maybe even healthy bowl of ramen.

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Like I said, a big surprise. The location is down a nondescript alley along a street reserved for discount computer supplies. And if you are in the same boat as me, you'll be happy to know that there is a store about a minute away from Matsukaze selling nothing but keyboards.