When I first moved to the Tokyo area five years ago, I was surprised at how fishy Tokyo-style ramen was. I didn’t care much for it so usually opted for Yokohama iekei or Hakata-style tonkotsu ramen. But recently I decided to give Tokyo ramen another chance. It was late March and I was planning to go to Naka-Meguro to see the cherry blossoms, so I checked out Emoto Masahiro while I was there.
This is a funny little shop. It’s a ramen shop during the day, and a Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki shop in the evening. I arrived just after 1pm on a Monday afternoon. All of the five customers were men. Two more arrived after me. A third arrived but was turned away because there was no more soup.
There is only one item on the menu – niboshi (煮干, dried sardines) ramen. This is your classic Tokyo-style fish ramen with a shoyu base. It was topped with menma (bamboo shoots), chopped onion, spinach, a slice of nori seaweed, and about a 1/4 tablespoon scoop of grated ginger.
The soup had a nice brown colour and was full of fish flakes. It was extremely hot and burnt my tongue at first. But it tasted great.
Hiding under a large slice of pork was a generous portion of noodles. These were typical Tokyo-style noodles — thinner than Yokohama noodles but thicker than the Hakata variety. The soup was so strong and dark that the noodles had turned brown.
This is a nice little shop. The soup is very fishy, but it’s really nice. I think I’ve acquired a taste for Tokyo-style ramen.
Location: Just a few minutes on foot from Naka-Meguro Station.
Seating: 7 counter seats