Tuesday, November 19, 2013

麺屋武蔵 虎嘯 Menya Musashi Kosho: roppongi road warrior

Weeks and weeks of eating bowl after bowl of tsukemen wasn't exactly painful, but I did begin to seriously fein ramen after such a long abstinence.

Okay, I lied. I actually had a few bowls of ramen in-between the fest. But now it's time to start letting you in on my explorations of noodles with soup once more.

I happen to have a day job in Roppongi for a godless corporation that shall remain nameless. Lunch in Roppongi can be incredibly pricey, and most days I have subsisted on instant ramen from our company vending machines. But when I must have a real bowl, there are only a few options in the area that are worth checking out.

Menya Musashi is worth checking out. A Tokyo chain of sleek ramen shops, they have a lot of soup and noodle varieties, but are all linked through an atmosphere of dark woods and black paneling. This one has an additional tiger theme.

Kosho is the Roppongi representative, and the men of Musashi do a shoyu blend heavy with the dashi of dried ago flying fish and katsuo skipjack tuna.

Ramen (800yen)

It's a good, if unremarkable broth, with a flavor similar to the original shop in Shinjuku. This one is quite a bit richer through its enhanced fish powers, so your preference for this bowl might be higher or lower depending on your tolerance for fishy soups.

The noodles, on the other hand, are significantly more remarkable. Chijire wavy noodles that have great chew and pick up the mild broth perfectly.

Musashi doesn't have anywhere near the rabid following of Jiro, though the original Musashi is inarguably the greatest warrior to have ever lived. Jiro is probably now more famous for sushi than ramen, but that will change one day…

Tokyo, Minato-ku, Roppongi 4-12-6 Uchida Bldg 1F
Closest stn: Roppongi

Open from 11am-11pm


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