Updated: September 05, 2019
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'Pasta of Despair': Addictively delicious pasta in Shibuya and Shinjuku


Home's Pasta (Shibuya main location / Shinjuku branch) serves what many people consider the best pasta in Tokyo. The signature dish is called 'Pasta of Despair'. Here's all you need to know about it.

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Home's Pasta - a not-so-well-kept secret among pasta lovers in Tokyo

Tucked in above a Daily Yamazaki convenience store on the 3rd floor, and with an unpretentious decor, Home's Pasta doesn't look like much. But don't judge a book by its cover - this restaurant has a huge number of fans that even include several Japanese celebrities such as Arashi member Sho Sakurai who has proclaimed his love for the place on TV in the past. The resto has even been featured on several gourmet TV shows as well.
The menu has a good many items on it but the signature dish ordered by over half of the people is the 'Zetsubo Pasta', which translates literally to the pasta of despair.

The much talked about 'pasta of despair'

Pasta of Despair (¥1,300) 絶望のパスタ
First thing you'll notice when it's served to you is the big volume and the soupy sauce it comes into.

You might be wondering where the pasta of despair name came about. Well... nobody knows because it was named by the former president of the restaurant who has passed away without revealing the reason why he named it that way.

Eat it with loads of cheese

The dish is served with some parmesan in it but most people will say that it tastes even better if you sprinkle some more onto it! The extra cheese makes creamier and thicker.

Addictively delicious soup

The more you drink the soup, the deeper tasting and delicious it seems to get. The combination of garlic, black olives, sauteed mushrooms, cream, and parmesan cheese is so on point. The soup is meat and tomato-based so you get that delicious umami from the meat and just the right amount of acidity from the tomatoes.

Perhaps the despair comes after you finish?

We've talked about the soup but the noodles soaked into the rich stew are super nice too as they absorb much of the flavour.

This is just speculation but after having this pasta, I've concluded that the despair part probably comes from the emotion you get once you've finished your bowl to the last noodle.

In closing...

If you're tempted to try this pasta, the original location that has been around since 1988 is located at this address in Shibuya.
And you might be glad to know that it also has a sister restaurant where you can also have the pasta of despair in Shinjuku.

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