Tsuta ramen – review
I’ve been looking forward to slurping noodles at this one Michelin star ramen joint but alas, it was over-rated. We woke up early on a Saturday morning to get there at 8 o’clock in order to get tickets for lunch. You have to put down a deposit of 1000 yens to get a ticket and this will be reimbursed to you later on. We were asked to choose a time from noon onwards as the 11-12 slot was already taken. We chose to come back at noon (see the schedule below)
When we got there at 11:50, there was a line inside the resto so we were first in line outside. I saw some people still getting tickets for the 2pm slot so obviously, the weekend is the best time to come here but we didn’t know this and didn’t want to chance missing out on Michelin ramen. We waited about 10 minutes outside before being admitted to the indoor queue. As soon as we got inside, we were told that we weren’t allowed to take photos. This put us off immediately as they take themselves too seriously although we did manage to snap a photo of our food.
Anyway, there was a bit of confusion as we didn’t know which ramen to choose from the vending machine. The man in charge of the line pointed to the first button and we took this ramen. It turned out to be one of their more expensive ones as we got more chashu than we were in the mood for and the dipping noodles or tsukemen looked more yummy.
The shoyu ramen, 1250 yens looked well presented when it arrived. The broth, although nice and light, was a bit too salty. The truffle oil was a nice touch and added something undefined but pleasant to the ramen. The noodles were well cooked and the egg like-wise. Unfortunately, the bamboo wasn’t rinsed well so it had a heavy, off-putting taste of brine. The chashu was in abundance but too bad it wasn’t cooked well as the fat was still very solid and not meltingly unctuous. I was very disappointed as I had high expectations having made the extra effort to come here early in the morning for my ticket. Hubby didn’t enjoy the chashu at all as it wasn’t melt-in-your-mouth and still chewy.
All in all, this ramen joint was over-rated. There are plenty of ramen joints in Tokyo and making the trip twice on the same day to get a bowl here was definitely a waste of my time. Also, at 1250 yens a bowl, it’s a bit more expensive than other ramen places.
Value for money: 4/5
Tsuta, 1-14-1 Sugamo (Sugama station)