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Super Totto Ramen, Allston

opinionatedchef | Mar 4, 201606:13 PM

Thx to previous CH and Globe reviews, we made an excellent choice in getting our 2nd ramen of the season here at Totto Ramen. 5pm Fri. wicked cold and bits of snow. * Their hours differ from the website; they were closed today 4-5pm.

We both had the curry paitan with a few add-ons: extra shredded pork, wakame,corn,mushrooms, spicy sesame oil on the side. All their ramen are served in a chicken broth which was wonderfully clean and flavorful (for us, sooo much more enjoyable than the wicked fatty pork style broth, but I know there are fans for both.) All the components and additions were very generous. I found their shredded pork especially delicious compared to the other porks i've had in ramen. The curry in the broth was lighter than I'd expected but lovely, and the spicy sesame oil, which we could add to taste, kicked up the whole bowl to perfection for us.
$20 @ after all the add-ons and I could only finish half, so 2 meals at $10 works just fine for me.

The Tako fritters were absolutely to-die-for; crisp on the outside and creamy inside w/ bits of chewy octopus. Perfect with the the A-1 ish Japanese Worcestershire knock-off (they copied it from the british back in the 19th c.) and yuzu mayo (i really liked this, compared to the overly sweet Japanese Kewpie mayo)and dancing bonito flakes.
(I was very surprised to learn that the fritters actually come to them frozen!part cooked, and they finish deep frying them there. Regardless, the silky creaminess was addictive and I snarfed another order, COLD, when we got home just now!)

Fried chicken app(boneless tenders) was too tough but the habanero in the coating was good. (Maybe ask for it to be less fried next time, and have it on bao).

I bet their shredded pork bao and fried chicken bao are good; will try next time, but only if i'm still hungry after 21gazillion tako fritters.........

Large $10 hot sake hit the spot; 2 others offered cold.
Waitress was top flight; chefs friendly and informative.Huge steaming pots are the backdrop as you enter and the staff shouts out a welcome. The room is clean and well lit , with wood plank banquettes and chairs, but no pluses on the aesthetics for me. Who cares; gotta keep your head down when slurping them noodles!
So, HOOrah for Totto ( over Sapporo Ramen and Strip T's and Anju Noodle Bar[N.H.] for us.)
Hope youall will try it.

Totto Ramen,
Sapporo Ramen
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