Thursday, November 12, 2015

塩つけ麺 灯花 (Toka in Yotsuya)

塩つけ麺 灯花

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Toka came highly recommended by some of my ramen hunter friends, and I can see why. This is one of those only-in-Japan shops, with only five counter seats in a shop that probably should have only been for four. The one ramen master works at his own pace, making sure each bowl is on point.

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The menu is shio tsukemen and shio ramen, though everyone goes for the tsukemen here.

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A mix of nine different salts, from France, Italy, Mongolia, Okinawa, Hiroshima, and Koichi.

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Fantastic.

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If you only have one bowl of shio tsukemen, make this one it. They are open late into the evening in an interesting part of town. Yotsuya Sanchome if full of hidden gems; bars and restaurants that no guidebooks seem to cover.

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It turned out, though, that my friends had actually recommended Toka's new shop, located just around the corner. Their second brand is an all tai ramen. A 100% fish soup from these guys is probably going to be amazing as well. Stay tuned.

By the way, I should mention that the line here moves incredibly slow. There were two guys in front of me, and I waited at least 30 minutes. Worth it for me, but maybe not for you.

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Map of 8 Arakichō, Shinjuku-ku, Tōkyō-to 160-0007

東京都新宿区荒木町8
Tokyo, Shinjuku-ku, Arakicho 8
Closest station: Yotsuyasanchome

Open 18:00-3:00am
Closed Sundays

1 comment:

Michael Vito said...

Arakicho has some crazy topography too. Lots of interest among local history buffs, but totally off the radar for everyone else.