It's been awhile since I actually had the chance to get on the train and make the trek to a ramen-ya that wasn't within biking distance. Since I had last night off and had finished most of today's prep yesterday, I was up early to meet Brian in Naka-Meguro. When I got there, I had no idea the Sakura were in full-bloom. It was a beautiful sight!
Anyhow, the reason we were here was to check out the recently-hyped tomato ramen from Buono Buono. They occupy the space of another restaurant during the day and the ramen is only served for lunch. If you go looking for this place at night, you'll never find it. Trust me, we've done it before.
According to our waiter, the most popular tomato ramen is the Parmigiano. So that is what I ordered.
In a few words, it is a soupy angel hair pasta. It was different, but I liked it.
Afterward, I ran around like a little kid gathering evidence that Spring was finally here.
This is definitely the best time of the year.
All this Sakura-watching was starting to get me hungry again. So that's when I turned to Brian and said let's go for another bowl. He agreed and after a quick consultation with the ramen database, we were fittingly located in front of Chuuka Soba Sakura-zaka (Sakura Hill) in Shibuya.
I ordered the Chuuka Soba--a kotteri-shoyu ramen with a strong essence of katsuo (bonito).
Now this was a good bowl. What instantly intrigued my senses was the sweetness of the shoyu tare. Sweet and refined.
Although I prefer my shoyu ramen with a little more punch, this one was right down my alley with it's kotteri style.
Brian ordered the Sakura Shio Soba. He wasn't too thrilled with its overall performance, but thought it had a nice creaminess to it.
Okay, time to get back to work!