Monday, October 24, 2016

麺や 七彩 (Shichisai in Hatchobori)

麺や 七彩 八丁堀店

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File this under best-of-the-best. An epic bowl. A masterpiece.

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Shichisai was one of my favorite shops back in the day. They were credited with being one of the shops to put mukacho, preservative-free ramen, on the map. Their kitakata-style noodles were made in house and hand massaged before serving them in a niboshi-rich broth. If you've had real kitakata-style ramen before, you would approve of Shichisai's attention to detail.

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So how does their second shop, located in Hatchobori on Tokyo's east side make it even better?

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They literally make their noodles on the spot.

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From rolling the dough, to kneading it, to cutting it, everything is done in front of you.

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And it isn't just a gimmick. The vigorous handling means a chewier noodle.

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The only downside is the time. It takes around ten minutes for your noodles to be made. I arrived first thing in the morning on a weekday, so no problem. If you were coming during a busy weekend day you might have to wait a very long time. I can't say for sure, please make sure you arrive early if possible.

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Schichisai's broth is deep and smoky. Kitakata-style flavors the broth with dried baby sardines and a lighter style of soy sauce. Heavy enough for a huge impact of flavors, but light enough to crush the entire bowl.

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Site here.

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Map of 2 Chome-13-2 Hatchōbori, Chūō-ku, Tōkyō-to 104-0032

東京都中央区八丁堀2-13-2
電話番号 03-5566-9355
営業時間 11:00~15:30/17:30~21:00
定休日 火曜日