Sunday, December 16, 2012

Kanisenmon Keisuke

Continuing on my trip to Tokyo, I introduced my brother to Tokyo Ramen Street. A wonderful place with different branches of famous ramen shops, one of my goals of living in Japan was to go to all eight shops. I had been to Keisuke before, but it's great and I had never reviewed it before, so I was willing to give it another go.

Keisuke is a chain of mostly seafood themed ramen shops. They have a light shrimp shio ramen in Takadanobaba, thick shrimp tsukemen with noodles that have been fried near Tokyo University, in addition to a handful of other shops. "Kanisenmon" means "dedicated to crab", which is the theme of this branch. The tare is miso, and in a true tribute to the birthplace of miso ramen, the bowl is in the shape of Hokkaido.

蟹専門 けいすけ 北の章
Tōkyō-to, Chiyoda-ku, Marunouchi, 1丁目9−1

The Bowl
Drinking the last bits of broth from this bowl was quite a challenge. You pretty much have to use the extreme north or south end of the island. The broth was a great miso, with more than a dash of crab. The noodles and most of the toppings were good, and the thick chashu was great. To top it off, we ordered some extra crab balls; unusual but delicious.

Would I Go Again?
Yes I would.

Should You Go?
It's a tough call between this shop and a few of the others in Tokyo Ramen Street, but this is a very good choice.

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