Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Takumi Ichiban Ramen

I feel bad about it, but there is a certain amount of enjoyment I get in seeing ramen shops close and new ones open in their place. Each shop closing is the end or at best a pause in a chef's journey, but with it comes the hopes and dreams of a new one. Such is the circle of life in many areas, and today in particular, a space in the center of Ame Mura. What was once shio shop Kuramitsu became tsukemen shop Ide, and has now become a branch of tonkotsu shop Takumi Ichiban. I entered and ordered a bowl. Third time's the charm, right?


The Bowl
Takumi Ichiban provided a thin if solid tonkotsu. Nothing hearty and epoch-making like some of the other shops in the area, but decent enough. The noodles were a bit more unique, hearty and filled with grains in a way that didn't clash with the soup. The chashu fell apart a bit in the soup, but the best topping was far and away the spicy miso. There was just a small amount in the ramen, but it added some flavor and a bit of kick.


Would I Go Again?
If I got drunk ramen more, it would be a good place to stop by. But I don't really, so I probably won't.


Should You Go?
If you're looking for drunk ramen and Zundoya is a bit too rich for you, stop at Takumi Ichiban.



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