Ramen: Mitsufuji, Midorigaoka (Michelin Bib Gourmand)

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Michelin rated ramen in a quiet area of central Tokyo

In the latest Michelin Tokyo guide 2017, there are a total of 27 ramen restaurants that have been awarded Bib Gourmand status – that is, shops that offer exceptionally good food at moderate prices. Just how many ramen shops are there in Tokyo? Well, estimates tend to vary between 6,000 and 10,000. So to be included in this Michelin list of under 30 means your shop must be pretty damn good.

Ramen, like all other food, is purely subjective. Some prefer the heavier, bold flavours of tonkotsu (pork) or miso (fermented bean paste), while others – like myself – like the lighter tones of shio (salt). One thing is pretty standard across the board though – that there is a big difference between a normal bowl of ramen and a standout bowl.

Located in Meguro-ku, Mitsufuji has held Michelin Bib Gourmand status since 2015, barely one year after it was opened for business. The small nine-seater shop’s signature shio ramen uses specially blended salt from Nagasaki, as well as a whole range of other quality ingredients from seven different prefectures. The noodles had an amazing texture and the stock was to die for. Definitely in my own top-five bowls of all time.

Address: 1 Chome-14-1 Midorigaoka

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