Friday, December 23, 2011


It was the end of the December, which meant that Christmas and New Years were coming up, and a winter break along with it.  I had plans to go back to New York, and the most convenient flight I could find was from Tokyo, not Osaka.  What that meant was a chance to catch up with some friends, and get some ramen in Tokyo Station.  I've been to a number of the shops in Tokyo Station's Ramen Street, so I chose a Hokkaido-style Miso shop I hadn't yet been to - Mutsumiya.

The menu had a ton of different variations, including a black version that my friend ordered.  Mutsumiya's standard bowl is the red or white miso ramen.  Each week they have a different one, and that week was red, which is what I went for.

らーめん むつみ屋
Tōkyō-to, Chiyoda-ku, Marunouchi, 1丁目9−1
Mutsumiya is in Tokyo Ramen Street in Tokyo Station.

The Bowl
Before the bowl even arrived at the table, I could smell the miso in the air.  Nothing better to get a man salivating.  The broth was a very rich miso, and the noodles were thin but firm.  The egg was menma were chewy and the egg was alright, but nothing beat the chashu.  The chashu was a little smoky and very flavorful.  Generally the bowl reminded me a lot of the one I had at Sumire.

Would I Go Again?
It was pretty darn delicious.  I don't see myself in Tokyo soon, but even if I did, I would be forced to try somewhere different.  If there was one in Osaka, though, I would be there.

Should You Go?
Yeah, it was quite good.  There's a number of branches around Tokyo, but for fellow Kansai residents, you'll probably have to stick to one of the ones we have, such as the above-mentioned Sumire or Ramen 3738.

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