Monday, September 22, 2014

蔦の葉 (Tsutanoha in Sugamo)



Tsutanoha sits on a side street in Sugamo, on the opposite of the station of the original shop, Tsuta. Tsuta is one of the best shops in Tokyo these days, and their leaf shop (葉 means leaf) is bound to be another hit.


The shop serves a menu similar to the original, with shoyu, shio, and niboshi being the norm. Towards the bottom of the menu, though, is something never before seen, 鴨油, duck oil, tsukemen. This should be interesting.


Interesting indeed! The duck oil really sticks in your mouth, something that I don't think most people would like. It took me a couple years to get a taste for chicken oil, and this one is like chicken oil times ten. Intense.

The orange is meant to be inspired by French duck with orange sauce. Clever.

The noodles, chashu, and egg were very good.


I'd say stick with the original ramen, and go for this one on your second visit.


Tokyo, Tokushima-ku, Sugamo 4-24-6
Closest station: Sugamo

Open 11:30-15:00, 18:00-20:00
Weekends 11:00-15:00
Closed Mondays


Steve said...

Brian, this is a rare entry where you show us the ticket machine of the ramen shack. (Other Japanese-language ramen bloggers do this frequently.)
Please indicate for us what is each button, so that we do not accidentally order the duck oil tsukemen on our first visit.

Brian said...

Apologies. As always, the upper left is the winner (special shoyu ramen) here. The light blue is salt ramen. The second line is a fishy shoyu followed by a duck salt ramen.