Recently I've been on a ramen binge, and had sampled quite a few joints in the City.
Obviously people often refer Ippudo as the standard bearer. But do you agree?
No doubt the guys at Ippudo put out a solid product, as their pork-based broth was simply sensational. That said, their toppings weren't that outstanding when compared to other bowls that I had, and their charshu was simply average as well. Their noodles I do like, but I also find other styles offered in the City intriguing, and thus not "attached" to any particular kind.
So if ramen is mostly about the broth (to which I belong to this camp), then there's reason for Ippudo to be crowned the Ramen king. But I am sure there are other considerations out there among those addicted to ramen.....for once I am not a big fan of the wait times at Ippudo.
Your thoughts? And here are a few places that I thought put out a great product too:
Takumi's sho-yu based broth
Terakawa for their toppings and assorted condiments
Kuboya has a savory blended broth
Toto Ramen's spicy broth and their homemade ma-yu
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