Monday, May 19, 2014

瓢太 (Hyota in Matsuyama)

瓢太

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To recommend or not to recommend a ramen shop is a question I often ask myself. Well, if this was just a bowl of ramen, just some food in any-ville, Japan, I would probably say no.

But I digress. This is an awesome shop.

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The overhang outside boasts chukasoba, oden, deep fried skewers, and chicken feet, and lists three kinds of shochu alcohol by name. Not your typical ramen shop.

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Sure enough, this is a grimy place that locals come to drink and snack on the cheap.

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The non-ramen menu is huge. Tempura, homemade croquettes, kimchi-pork stir-fries. The list goes on. Outside the shop, today's specials featured whale sashimi and a raw horse platter.

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Oden in droves. All of it was excellent. Keep in mind that this place is a serious dive. You'll be sandwiched in with the locals, and the amount of cigarette smoke was high.

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And the ramen. This ramen is, well, interesting. Very sweet, to the point that it wouldn't stand on its own. After a few plates of oden, and a few glasses of local spirits, though, this bowl works. Almost a desert ramen, if such a thing exists.

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By the way, they offer a mini-size bowl. Go for that one.

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Put this on your list of Shikoku ramen shops, if you haven't already.

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愛媛県松山市三番町6-1-10
Ehime-ken, Matsuyama-shi, Sanbancho 6-1-10
Closest station: Minamihoribata

Open 11:30-15:00, 17:00-23:00
Closed Sundays