Thursday, January 26, 2012

マタドール (Matador in Kita-Senju)

牛骨らぁ麺 マタドール

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All the ramen celebrity eaters have been here.

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And heaps of congratulation letters cover the wall.

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This is what happens when you land your newly opened shop on the cover of the annual TRY magazine. Tokyo Ramen of the Year.

業界最高権威 TRY認定 第12回ラーメン大賞 2011-12 (1週間MOOK)

I like this magazine. It's not so great as a guidebook, but it gives a nice insight into which shops are making waves. Matador sits on the podium for both their shoyu and their originality.

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The 贅沢焼牛らぁ麺 (luxirious roast beef ramen) is as good as it looks. Giant slabs of roast beef, local green onion, extremely high grade shoyu and mirin; I usually feel that 1000 yen for a bowl is too high, but in this case it's almost too low.

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Since the soup is made from nontraditional beef bones, expect a much sweeter bowl here than your average.

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No word on whether any real matadors were employed in the creation of this bowl.

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東京都足立区千住東2-4-17 中村ビル1F
Tokyo, Adachi-ku, Senjuazuma 2-4-17
Closest station: Kita-Senju

Open 11:30-14:30, 18:00-soup runs out
Weekends 11:30-soup runs out
Closed Mondays