1 star Michelin restaurant that continues to evolve: Japanese Soba Noodles 蔦 (Japanese Soba Noodles Tsuta)

1 star Michelin restaurant that continues to evolve: Japanese Soba Noodles 蔦 (Japanese Soba Noodles Tsuta)

Japanese Soba Noodles Tsuta, is the world’s first Michelin star ramen restaurant. Because if its popularity there are days you need to purchase tickets in advance in order to dine in. Their ramen, from ingredients to their cooking methods follow its formality. For example, noodles are made accordingly to what kind of soup that is going to be combined with.


味玉醤油Soba(Ajitama Shoyu Soba)

Despite its light broth, the soup is loaded with flavor-rich umami. Their soup, based with chicken along with seafood broth brings out the subtle fragrant flavor of shoyu. The smooth, sippable thin noodles open up the aroma of truffles through your nose. The truffle oil flavor that wasn’t as evident in the soup at the beginning is definitely present through slurping of the noodles.


For toppings, two types of char siu, bamboo shoots, leek, and flavored egg are all exceptional. Whether because the pork loin was slow cooked or because of the high quality of the meat with its low melting point with oil, the fatty meat melts in your mouth.Pork belly is meltingly tender.Flavored egg has a mild taste accompanied with rich flavor of the yolk. Char siu is topped with truffle sauce.


The presentation of Wagyu oil garlic roast pork rice is immaculate. The combination of slow cooked roasted pork, crispy garlic chips, and flavor-rich wagyu oil is extremely appetizing.


Google the photos and you will see, but ramen at Tsuta continues to develop. For example, the bowls they serve have changed overtime along with the way they place the toppings and truffles (used to be powder truffles, now comes in a truffles sauce). With this in mind, It is highly likely that their noodles and soup are going through trial and error process on a daily basis. Not necessarily with ramen exclusively, but recipes do not have a single correct answer but instead has unlimited possibilities. Renovating the current recipe in finding new creation is the first step of the new recipe. It was Tsuta’s continued evolvement which led to their achievement of Michelin star, yet only to acknowledge it as merely a passing point for their opportunities.

Japanese Soba Noodles 蔦 (Japanese Soba Noodles Tsuta)


1-14-1 Sugamo Toshima-ku Tokyo-to

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