It’s amazing the difference a Michelin Star can make. Tsuta ramen had been serving its world-class noodle soup for years, but after receiving its first star in December 2015, business exploded. Soon, gourmands from all across the world were queueing for hours rain, hail or shine to buy a bowl.
Located on a small street in Sugamo, Tokyo, Tsuta ramen was founded in 2012 by Onishi Yuki, who feels ramen is “a dish Japan can boast to the world about”. And what a dish it is. The noodles are made in house (of course) and are hand stretched. The broth contains sea salt from Okinawa and rock salt from Mongolia, as well as a custom made soy sauce from the Shoy brewery in Wakayama. The pork is from Spain, and it’s all finished with just a hint of truffle oil.
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Tsuta only serves 150 bowls of Ramen a day, so make sure you get there early (the restaurant opens at 11am). There’s a ticketing system that requires a 1000 yen deposit (don’t worry you get it back when you return) and make sure you have the correct cash for your order. The restaurant only seats 9 people, so you won’t be able to hang around or snap a whole bunch of selfies. But trust us, it’s more than worth it!
Tsuta also has restaurants in Hong Kong and Singapore, but they pale in comparison to the original.
If you’re ever in Tokyo, make sure you get down to Tsuta!
Address: 1 Chome-14-1 Sugamo, Toshima, Tokyo 170-0002, Japan
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