肉そば総本山 神保町 けいすけ Niku Soba Sohonzan Jimbocho Keisuke

The first shop I’ve decided to review for this blog is one that I visited for the first time recently. My wife and I were off to see the Carp play the Giants at Tokyo Dome on Sunday afternoon, so I had a look on Ramen Database for good shops in the area. I came across this place which, due to the length of the name, I’ll simply refer to as ‘Keisuke’. It was quite high in the rankings for the Jimbocho area, and I had a craving for dark shoyu ramen. We decided to stop in here before the game.

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The shop is located on a busy street about a 4 minute walk from Jimbocho Station. There are 22 seats (all counter) inside, and it has a nice, bright atmosphere. We arrived just before noon, and there were only about 4-5 customers. By the time we left, there were people waiting for our seats.

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I ordered the standard shoyu ramen (醤油ラーメン). There is an omori (大盛り) size for an extra 100 yen, but I had to save room for beer at the baseball game, so I went with the regular size. The soup was strong, dark and full of flavour. It was topped with 6-7 pieces of thinly sliced pork (チャーシュー), which tasted fine but was just a bit chewy. There was also a generous helping of leek (長ネギ), bamboo shoots (メンマ), bean sprouts, a teaspoon of grated ginger and paprika. It was the first time I’ve had either grated ginger or paprika with my ramen, and they were both really good. The ginger went really well with the soup, and the paprika added just a bit of spice to it. The noodles were thick, wavy and chewy. I prefer thin Hakata-style noodles, but I’ve come to like thicker noodles since moving to Kanto where they are more common.

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Overall, it was a good bowl of ramen and I would definitely recommend Keisuke if you’re in the Jimbocho area.

Score: 7.5/10

Location: Jimbocho Station, 4-minute walk from exit A5 on Hakusan-dori

Address: 〒101-0051 東京都千代田区神田神保町1-54

Price: 750-950 yen

Seating: Counter – 22 seats

Hours: Open everyday, 11am-11pm

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