Monday, September 18, 2006

★★★ 櫻坂 (Sakura-zaka) - Tokyo

Sakura-zaka is located in Shibuya on the Southern side of the train station, hidden away from the busier part of Shibuya it took some effort to find this place. The store is very well decorated, a bar counter style restaurant with studio lights and fancy lacquered wood counters. I ordered the 中華ソバ (Chinese noodles).

The Soup - is a blend of rich tonkotsu based soup and dried bonita/sardines soup. The soup has a very good balance of both the flavors of the tonkotsu and fish, but the layer of oil and pork fat makes the soup a little too heavy.

The Noodles - are medium thickness, straight noodles cooked quite firm. More firm and less on the springy side, the noodles are similar to the Hakata style noodles just thicker. Quite a good match with the soup.

The Toppings - are cha-shu pork, a half slice of half cooked flavored egg, and a lot of sliced spring onions. The cha-shu is heavily seasoned but a good match with the heavy soup, the sliced spring onions are a nice counter to the oily soup as well.

Overall - another wonderful rich seafood ramen that goes a little too far on the oily side. The balance of the tonkotsu and fish flavors are very well done, if you do come here then try to request less oil on the soup if possible. If there were only 2/3 less oil on this ramen I would've given it four stars.


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