Monday, October 2, 2017

八咫烏 (Yatagarasu in Kudanshita)

八咫烏

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Yatagarasu opened in late 2016, and it was immediately on my radar. Sure, the bowl's beauty was a draw, and the Instagrammers I follow were going wild, but I was interested in something else.

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咫 - Yata

This Chinese character I had never seen. It means something about the distance between your outstretched fingers. But to me it looks like "RA". You can't spell ramen without 咫!

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My odd obsession with funny looking kanji aside, this is one of Tokyo's hot new shops.

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And it lives up to the hype.

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Go for the black or the white, both are great.

The black is made with a bold soy sauce blend. You can judge this one based on looks, it is a really stellar bowl. Low temperature pork (all the rage these days) is just bold enough to stand out.

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The white, on the other hand, is a bit lighter. Made with an aromatic Japanese dashi. I would say go with the black on your first time, though, but that is what Ramen Adventures is partial to.

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By the way, the name of the shop, Yatagarasu (八咫烏), refers to a mythical raven that helped an emperor conquer the east.

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東京都千代田区九段北1-9-2
Tokyo, Chioda-ku, Kudanshita 1-9-2
Closest station: Kudanshita

Open 11:00-22:00
Saturdays 11:00-15:00
Closed Sundays

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