Although today’s food pictures might seem quite similar to the pictures in previous posts, there actually is one special dish among them.
On the last picture is a bowl of ramen from Tsuta, the first ramen shop in the world to receive a Michelin star. With a bowl of ramen costing less than 8 euro’s, I guess it’s also the restaurant with the cheapest Michelin star dish. Tsuta is a typical, small Japanese ramen shop with only 9 seats, and because of it’s Michelin star there are a lot of people that want to try their ramen. So if you want to have lunch at Tsuta, you’ll have to line up in the morning to get a ticket for a certain time-slot later that day. I found a blog that posted about the ramenshop in december last year that said there were already 16 people waiting at 09:30 a.m. But last Tuesday when I arrived at 07:00 a.m. – just to be sure – there were already way more people than just 16.
Later that day, when I arrived back at the ramen shop during my time-slot, I had to line up again for about 40 minutes. ‘Was it all worth it?’, I hear you ask. Although it might not be worth your time if you only shortly visit Tokyo, for me it definitly was worth the experience. The idea of eating a Michelin star dish for less than 8 euro’s is kind of fun and the ramen tasted really great. At first I was a little sceptic about the whole thing, because I really wondered how much different this bowl of ramen could be from a bowl of ramen at any other nice ramen shop around Tokyo. But there was something about the texture of the noodles and the taste of the broth and especially the egg that definitly made it more delicious than an ordinary bowl of ramen. I do think the people from the Michelin guide should visit the ramen shop I visited in Sapporo, though.