Wednesday, February 15, 2012

一二三 (Hifumi in Kichijoji)

一二三

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One Two Three, if you look at the Chinese characters for the name of this shop, 一二三, is in every magazine for the past couple of years. Why?

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Even though this shop has been popular with print media for quite a while, it strikes me as a bit of a gimmick. One Two Three makes a ramen that is more like a soba. Or maybe a soba that is more like a ramen.

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The noodles are mixed with buckwheat flour, and the soup is a simple 和風 style meant to resemble the stuff you get out in a countryside sobaya. Those countryside sobayas, little family run shops that have been grinding buckwheat for centuries, are, dare I say, a more important part of Japanese culinary history than ramen.

But ramen is welcoming. In its world, there is room for everyone. Pizza ramen, come on in. Pineapple, still going strong well after the initial rush has worn away. But soba-ramen? Sorry, there are just too many soba shops out there to make this one worth it.

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東京都武蔵野市吉祥寺北町1-10-22
Tokyo, Musashino-shi, Kichijojikitamachi 1-10-22
Closest station: Kichijoji

Open 12:00-15:00, 17:00-21:00
Closed Tuesdays