Thursday, September 28, 2017

坂本01 (Sakamoto 01 in Oji)

坂本01

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Some of Japan's best ramen shops are, alas, inconvenient as hell to get to. Newly opened Sakamoto 01 is just on the cusp; a bit far, but not too far.

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Head north, then walk south.

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These roads are the bloodlines of Tokyo. Packed with traffic going in and out, venturing to neighborhoods with not much more than hastily built five-story cement domiciles.

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And the occasional amazing ramen shop. At only 500 yen, this one is an absolute steal. If you think price dictates quality, you are about to be proven wrong.

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I splurged on the 900 yen bowl, which includes more than enough hand made wontons.

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Fantastic bowl that was almost too big for me to eat (I had eaten another bowl previously). If you can see it, there is a light sprinkle of freshly ground sansho peppercorn on top. It gives the bowl of classic chukasoba a bit of bite, and adds a wonderful aroma.

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That beautiful oil on top. Sakamoto-san, the shop's master, also adds a bit of beef fat into the mix.

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Probably a spot that will be visited mostly by locals and ramen nerds, but maybe worth it if you are taking a visit to the mostly un-visited north of Tokyo.

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東京都北区王子3-8-6
Tokyo, Kita-ku, Oji 3-8-6
Closest station: Ojikamiya

Open 11:00-14:30, 17:00-21:00

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