@localtaste I hear you. I recently been to a top rated french restaurant in Tokyo and felt underwhelmed. The restaurant was so hard to get into but is ordinary at best in my opinion. Sometimes things are just overhyped, especially by SNS. So thank you for sharing your honest opinions of restaurants here. I used to want to go to every highly rated restaurant but now more of going with the flow. 一期一会 it is!
"Hatsune zushi" is a two-Michelin-star sushi restaurant that's popular with foreign tourists as well, but the wife became seriously ill (with what appears to be breast cancer) and there was an announcement on facebook that business operations will be suspended indefinitely. It's very sad news and I hope to see the lovely couple back at the counter in full health.
Since they changed (innovated) the flavor of their ramen at the end of August, I decided to go try it out as soon as I could.
The shoyu(soy sauce) ramen has a stronger chicken flavor now and overall it feels like it has more "umami".
It was also notable that enoki mushrooms were added as a topping.
The shio(salt) ramen had an element of coolness added to the dish with mint as an accent, and seems like it now has stronger elements of "Western" flavor.
I think I may have liked this one better before...