Tuesday, February 12, 2013

蔦 (Tsuta in Sugamo)

Thanks for coming to this page. It is getting a lot of hits with the new Michelin news. Please read my latest post if you are planning to check out this amazing ramen shop.



Tsuta is the new king in town. Given the coveted #1 spot in the only ranking that really matters, Tokyo Ramen of the Year (TRY) magazine, for new shops.


This is shoyu perfection. Until now, shoyu at this level was only available at En and 69 n' Roll One; both shops about an hour from central Tokyo. Tsuta is only a minute walk from Sugamo Station on the Yamanote line. Super convenient.


It's all about the minor details. Tsuta's tare is made from a blend of three different soy sauces. The main is from Shodoshima (小豆島), a small island in the middle of Japan's Seto Inland Sea. The others are 生揚げ, raw unpasteurized soy sauces, from Ibaraki and Wakayama.

Sorry, no Kikkoman here.

The resulting taste is an intense, slightly sweet mix that suddenly puts Sugamo on the ramen map.


I work here in Sugamo once a week, so this is good news indeed.


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Tokyo, Toshima-ku, Sugamo 1-14-1
Closest station: Sugamo

Open 11:30-14:30, 18:00-20:00
Thursdays and Sundays 11:30-14:30
Closed Mondays