Wednesday, November 23, 2011

虎嘯 (Kosho in Roppongi)

麺屋武蔵 虎嘯


The shop I planned on eating at this day was unexpectedly closed. Which meant I was wandering around Roppongi at 11am looking for a ramen shop. Roppongi is one of the worst neighborhoods for good ramen. The expat community here, wealthy bankers mostly, tend not to wait in lines for cheap eats. A reservation for 2 at Pierre Gagnaire... sure. A ramen shop... not so much. This leads to Roppongi ramen that caters to the other side of the expat community, drunks.

Maybe you can read between the lines, I despise Roppongi.


But the latest crop of ramen magazines seem to be Roppongi-centric. One recommended rookie was near the famous crosswalk, as was I.


The latest Menya Musashi.


If anything, these shops are gorgeous. The attention to detail is everywhere. Kosho, the tiger's roar, means tiger motif. While you wait for your ramen, go ahead and see how many you can spot.

Dark walls, flawless steel, and dynamic lighting all add to the relaxing atmosphere.


Not the best in it's class, but satisfying. I always feel like something is lacking at the Menya Musashi shops.

On the other side though, there is always some point that stands out, something great, at these shops. Here, the pork is deep.


At 1000 yen, it's a bit spendy. Who would I recommend this shop to? Anyone in the vicinity, as it may be the best bowl in central Roppongi.

Tokyo, Minato-ku, Roppongi 4-12-6
Closest station: Roppongi

Open 11:00-22:00

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