Updated: January 16, 2020
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The First Ramen Restaurant to Ever Get a Michelin Star Has Moved On


Tsuta was the first-ever ramen restaurant to earn a Michelin Star 5 years ago. However, the shop has packed up and moved to a new location in Yoyogi Uehara, and plans to start a new chapter with a new menu.

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Japanese Soba Noodles Tsuta: not found in the 2020 Michelin Guide

Tsuta's 'Chashu Ajitama Shoyu Soba' ¥1,950
The 2020 edition of the Tokyo Michelin Guide was released at the end of November, 2019. Among the 22 ramen restaurants included in the guide, 'Tsuta' the very first ramen shop to earn a star was not to be found.

'Japanese Soba Noodles Tsuta' was awarded a Michelin Star in 2015, shaking the culinary world. Michelin-Starred restaurants are typically quite expensive and a bit more posh than a ramen shop, yet Tsuta made the cut with a menu that was only slightly more expensive than a typical ramen joint. As soon as the shop was added to the guide, there was a period of time when 4-hour long lines outside the restaurant were standard.
One of the tickets used at the old location
The lines were so much longer than anticipated that Tsuta developed a ticket system that allowed people to get a ticket and return to the shop at a designated time in order to avoid waiting in line. The system was quite successful and was soon copied by other popular ramen restaurants.

Despite the huge popularity of the restaurant, however, the decision was made to close down and start over at a brand new location in Yoyogi Uehara (between Shinjuku and Shibuya). With the move came a new menu. The classic Shoyu Ramen (¥1,300) has new ingredients including balsamic vinegar that gives the soup an increased depth of flavor. The prices on the new menu are all above ¥1,000, and there is even a bowl of black truffle ramen that costs ¥3,900! The menu is varied and interesting and will surely cause another stir in the ramen world.
It's clear that they're trying to do new things and push the boundaries of ramen at the new 'Japanese Soba Noodles Tsuta.' It's definitely worth checking out if you're a ramen fan. Unfortunately, the ticketing system has been done away with, so there might be a bit of a wait, but it should be worth it!
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