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With “Tsuta” winning a star on Michelin, Tokyo ramen scene was greatly arising. Influence of Michelin is exceedingly great; several hundreds of customers surge to a small ramen store located in Sugamo, not not-so-populararea of Tokyo to taste the Michelin winning bowl of ramen.

In the garlands of shade, mysteriously not well known is the fact that there is another Michelin star in Tokyo’s ramen industry.

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The mysterious “Michelin star in the shadow”, his name is Kazumasa Saito.
Dating back to five years ago in 2011, he received Michelin one star as the talented, executive chef at a Hong Kong ramen store “MIST”, four years earlier than “Tsuta”. (At the time there was no ramen category in Michelin, so he received a star in Japanese food category.)

First Michelin star in the ramen industry, Saito-san, came home and opened “Nakiryu” in 2012.

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Although located in the back alley of quite area Otsuka like a hideaway, many strict ramen maniacs form a long queue daily to taste the heavenly bowl of ramen.

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Saito-san used to be a chef for high end Chinese restaurant. Most popular noodle is the Szechuan spicy soup with sesame paste, prepared authentically like a Chinese dish.
However I want to recommend you the beautiful “special made shoyu Ramen” (950 yen).

Soup made with whole chicken, beef bones and oysters has so many layers of flavor; noodles with rich aroma of wheat go very well.
Many maniacs name this soy sauce ramen as Tokyo’s No.1.

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“Sharp Tsuta and flavorful Nakiryu”.
Comparing the tastes with soy sauce ramen at “Tsuta” located near the next station should be very entertaining.

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Kenji

Wow, thanks for all that knowledge! I was lucky to encounter it then. I was only in Tokyo for a few days for the first time ever. That visit made me move here eventually in 2010.

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Kengo Yamada

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Wow! The ramen restaurant "Nakiryu" introduced in this site won a single star of the Michelin 2017. Mr. Saito has won the Michelin in two countries following Hong Kong! Absolutely brilliant. Congratulations!

almost 4 years ago

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Kenji

@Kengo Yamada Awesome that you guys already mentioned his Michelin status before he received one here in Tokyo! In 2006 I had ramen at a place called Mist in Omotesando Hills. It was really a great experience. The main thing I remember is that there were drawers under the counter where they stored the chopsticks. Was this Mr. Saito's place as well?

over 3 years ago
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Kengo Yamada

Tokyo gourmet emperor/German cars for life/Dan beste, oder nichts

MIST was run by Mr. Saito's master, not Mr. Saito himself (Mr. Saito was MIST Hong-Kong unit's manager), and I think he (Mr. Saito) was not engaged in the administration or operation of Omotesando unit. By the way, Omotesando unit was a quite interesting one, but apparently the administration was not good, so it closed very soon. It's a pity...

over 3 years ago