Wednesday, March 26, 2014

東京ラーメンストリート店 㐂蔵: Tokyo Ramen Street's Kizo

Gyutan, or "cow's tongue," is one of the specialties of Sendai, Miyagi prefecture. Very chewy and mild, I love this part of the cow.

No, I didn't get to go to Sendai for a ramen tour. I had to settle for Kizo, the new shop by the ramen master of Chibakiya, as well as Chair of the board for the Japan Ramen Association. This is Mr. Chiba's new brand of shop since he hails from Sendai and was apparently aching for a hometown gyutan ramen.

Contemporary design and comfort meets ramen, just like nearly every shop on the Street. This shop had a motif of red and black moose antlers, which was used to make the soup. Actually, I don't know what those branch-shaped decorations are, but they covered the walls and tables of the shop.

Needless to say, I was interested in seeing how gyutan would fuse in this bowl.

Sendai gyutan negi shio ramen (1050yen)

The soup is very clear and light. It's supposed to be made from gristle and pork bone, but it tastes like oxtail soup. The flavor of the sesame oil really brings out the savoriness. It's a refreshing bowl that goes well with the smooth noodles, chopped scallions, and white sesame seeds.

I haven't said much about the gyutan, and that's because it hides in the soup. It goes well with everything else, and is plenty soft and flavorful, but it doesn't really shine in the broth.

There is one drawback: this bowl costs 1080! And that's just for the basic bowl, without any additional toppings. I know gyutan is expensive, but that's even more than the premium bowl at Oreshiki Jun. These new shops are pumping out premium bowls at a premium price. As an experience, it's nice to try, but I don't know if I can make this a regular attraction.

Tokyo, Chiyoda-ku Marunouchi 1-9-1 Tokyo Ramen Street
Closest stn: Tokyo

Open from 1030am-1030pm


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