69'N' Roll One
6 = Ro
9 = Ku
69 = Rock!
The mega-famous, some would even say number-one-in-the-world ramen shop, has opened in the middle of Tokyo. In Akasaka of all places. Akasaka is home to IT firms, TV production headquarters, hotels, and money. There aren't many ramen shops, but you can easily find expensive Belgium beer, tapas, and some Michelin-starred kaiseki cuisine. And now 69'n'Roll One.
Let me say that the original shop in Machida was a total dualistic nightmare. On one hand, the ramen was amazing. Often given the number one award for whatever magazine or association was giving out awards at the time, this was a must-eat for any true ramen fan. On the other hand, the shop was randomly closed most times I went. When I did make it, they enforced that crazy no sound rule. No sound but the slurping of your ramen. Some people respected that about it. I didn't. To put it frankly, it is a dumb idea.
Now the new shop in Akasaka. They completely flipped everything! The shop is big. You probably won't have to wait long, and using your phone to text while you sit, chatting with friends, it is all good. There is a big American diner feel going on here.
But then there is the ramen.
While the original shop was lovingly made day in and day out by the master, or by his meticulously trained disciples, this new shop feels amateur. The kitchen is hidden away in the back, so your guess is as good as mine.
Skip this one, and head to Tsuta instead.
Official Site Here
Tokyo, Minato-ku, Akasaka 3-7-11
Closest station: Akasaka