Thursday, April 13, 2017

佐市 (Saichi in Hatagaya)

麺や 佐市


Oyster ramen! And not just some random bowl with an oyster topping. This new shop cooks their soup with the shellfish, pulling out the maximum umami that these little guys hold.


You might as well get a side of oyster snacks while you wait.


Very interesting bowl. Personally, I love it, but could see some people not being into this oyster ramen.


The soup is liquid oyster gold. Almost like drinking concentrated extract. I'd like to hear the opinion of one of my oyster nerd friends. The soup is free of chemical seasoning, something I always like to see. Almost all ramen shops in Japan rely on a pinch of Ajinomoto, pure MSG, for that extra bit of umami. Here, that strong oyster flavor comes packed with plenty of natural MSG. Nothing more needed.


Although this shop has failed to become very popular, I think it is at least worth a try.


Map of 2 Chome-6-7 Hatagaya, Shibuya-ku, Tōkyō-to 151-0072

Tokyo, Shibuya-ku, Hatagaya 2-6-7
Closest station: Hatagaya

Hours aren't official yet, but it looks like 11:30am until midnight.