Saturday, July 6, 2013

伊藤 (Ito in Akabane)

伊藤

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How can such a simple looking bowl be up there in many reviewer's top ten lists? Just soup and noodles, nothing more.

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Sure, they offer a nikusoba option, a bowl with a bit of chashu on top, but the recommended option, the one that everyone goes for, it is just soup, noodles, and a scattering of chopped green onion.

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At Ito, it is all about that soup.

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So much so that they have a menu option for soupmashi. Fans of Jiro might know ninnikumashi, those magic words that get you a triple-size scoop of intense raw garlic.  Here the mashi in question will get you extra soup.

If a ticket machine has an option for extra soup, you should get extra soup.

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Refinement beyond expectations. This is a bowl that could be served to royalty alongside a kaiseki course. Very beautiful. Very flavorful. Very balanced.

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The lack of toppings is the only downfall for this bowl. I can't help but think that this, plus some high quality trimmings, could be even better.

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東京都北区赤羽1-2-4
Tokyo, Kita-ku, Akabane 1-2-4
Closest station: Akabane

Open Weekdays 11:00-24:00
Saturdays 11:00-23:00
Sundays 11:00-21:00