Best Ramen in Tokyo ?
There are over 30,000 ramen joints in Japan, but the ones that were awarded a Michelin Star can be counted on a single hand. Tsuta is one of them.
If you're relatively new to Japanese ramen, we recommend this fun ramen foodie tour, which can be booked on the same day.
For the ramen-holics confident in their level of expertise Tsuta should be on your bucket list. Tsuta definitely would have to come close to being the most refined and modern bowl of ramen to date. The Master Chef Onishi Yuki opened Tsuta in Tokyo's district of Sugamo in January 2012. Since opening, Tsuta received various awards and was adored by famed food critics and writers, both far and wide. Then in 2015, the Japanese Soba Noodles restaurant was awarded one Michelin Star. This made Tsuta the world's first ramen restaurant to ever receive a Michelin Star.
There are three main flavour profiles of ramen at Tsuta. Shoyu (soy-based broth), Shio (salt-based broth), and miso. Each of the soups' base is composed of carefully selected ingredients like chicken, herbs, clams and more. For MSG haters, there's no MSG added with the ingredients providing a good "umami" profile.
The Shoyu Ramen uses soy sauce that has been matured for 2 years from a speciality brewer in Wakayama prefecture in Japan's south-west. Combining both chicken and asari clams, Chef Onishi has been able to create a broth full deep flavour profiles.
Somehow, he's also pulled off this double contender, Shio Ramen, made from a blend of asari clams, fish, other seafood, sea salt from Okinawa, and even rock salt from Mongolia. All these ingredients combined give the broth a "harmonious" flavour (you'll know what I mean when you try it).
The Miso in the miso broth comes from Tokushima Prefecture, and though not the signature dish, it does give a new perspective on miso ramen - but way fancier.
The signature dish at Tsuta is the truffle oil-blended Shoyu Ramen - the star of the show. If you are unsure what to get, this should be your first choice!
Having proved so popular with tourists coming from all over the world, Chef Onishi has opened up two brand new locations in Singapore due to popularity with locals.
To eat a Tsuta, there is a bit of a process. First, you need to get there early and get time-slot tickets, then come back at your allotted time for your ramen. Time slots run for every hour from 11 am to 4 pm. If you're in a group you can actually just send one person to get tickets for everyone as only one person (whoever gets the short straw) needs to get the tickets.
There is a 1000 yen deposit per ticket to help allude people from not showing up to their time slot. When you come back at your time, you are given your deposit back, then you can purchase the ramen via the ticket vending machine. Ramen dishes range from 1000 - 2000 yen depending on the one you choose, along with toppings etc. If you only intend on coming here once, I would go all out!
Located in Sugamo on the North side of Tokyo, Tsuta is about a 2-minute walk from Sugamo station. Spend a couple of hours wandering around the town and see what this little charming district has to offer.