Tuesday, May 7, 2013

まる玉 (Marutama in Ryogoku)

らーめん まる玉

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Marutama always occupies a spot in the national tori paitan rankings. Like I've said before, that list is much more inclusive than it is exclusive, and competition doesn't seem fierce.

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But Marutama delivers. If anything, the atmosphere and attention to style is very cool. It's location, just a minute from the Ryogoku Kokugikan national Sumo stadium, is reflected in the old-school wooden simplicity.

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The noodles ain't bad either. Actually, they are quite tasty. The pile of aosa, similar to sheets of nori, is a good choice, and the defining feature here. Aosa is an uncommon ingredient in Japan, as it is only harvested in estuaries.

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Marutama's chicken-based broth has been a hit with foreigners. In the past few years, they have produced 12 shops around less pork-friendly spots in Asia. Their Singapore shop is one of the most popular in the city, though the shopping mall location makes me cringe.

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Good luck on your world domination!

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東京都墨田区両国2-11-1
Tokyo, Sumida-ku, Ryogoku 2-11-1
Closest staiton: Ryogoku

Open 11:30-14:30, 17:30-21:00
Closed Sundays