As much as I love and eat ramen, I rarely write about it here. And never two posts in a row. But I had an experience yesterday that I just.. have.. to.. share. It was THAT good.
I’ve heard about Gogyo’s ramen for awhile, and the two times I stopped by mid day, the shop was closed. Yesterday, the fates and shop owners were on my side, and I arrived to a restaurant full of people. We got the last table before a line formed. YES!
Gogyo is famous for its black broths made from “burnt” miso or soy sauce. You’ll often see flames ablaze in the kitchen, and this gives the broth a savory charcoal flavor like really great BBQ. This very dynamic broth is covered with a small layer of oil that seals in the heat, leaving the broth dangerously hot until your very last slurp. Don’t burn your tongue like I did.
If you have time to look around before your ramen arrives, you’ll notice that this shop doesn’t look like a typical ramen shop inside. It’s more like a cabin from the 50s, complete with the mix of throw-back chairs and wood panel walls. At night, it turns into an izakaya with a full bar and other small dishes. I would love to come back here and pretend like I’m a Japanese Mad Man.
If you’re planning to visit Tokyo, go to Gogyo. It’s different from any other ramen, and it’s so delicious that your taste buds will thank you for it. Unless the broth burns them.
Nishiazabu Gogyo (& other locations)
1-4-36 Nishi-Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo
*The Ginza location has closed down*