Kinshicho, Tokyo, Japan.
Taste: 8/10 and 👩🏻💬5/10
I’ve been wanting to try this place for a while since it’s right by my place. But every time I’m in Kinshico, I end up eating at this great Bangladesh place or eating gyoza at this other restaurant I love. This time, I knew that I wanted to finally take the plunge and I am really glad I did.
If you love oysters, you have to come to this shop. The broth is really rich and it reminds me of a really nice clam chowder with the depth of the soup. As soon as you walk into the restaurant, you’ll get a whiff of the ocean and you’ll smell the oysters. It’s really strong inside the restaurant, depending on your feelings on seafood, I’d go as far to say it could even be considered pungent to some people.
Once I walked in I noticed it was pretty empty, there were only two groups and one of them was talking about Dr. Stone, the new anime we’ve been watching. I was really excited to try the gyoza, but it seems they sold out on the day we went. But I ordered the Saichi Ramen and our other Japanoods correspondent ordered the Saichi Tsukemen.
When the bowls came out our first thought was that they were kind of small, but after finishing the bowls and walking home a heavy feeling started building in my stomach. It was actually the perfect amount of food. The tsukemen was a bit cold and felt a bit harder to eat, so I would recommend going with the ramen if you decide to come here. Also, the flavors between the two essentially tasted the same and I would say that there wasn’t too much of a difference between the two. So, maybe during the summer, the tsukemen might be a better choice.
One word of warning is that our correspondent got a really bad stomachache after eating our ramen. We weren’t too sure what happened, as I was completely fine, but it seems that this has happened before when she has eaten oysters. I’m not sure if it’s an allergy, a bad batch of oysters, or just something else entirely, but if you have a sensitive stomach, you might want to avoid this shop.
Although, if you love oysters or seafood and you have the belly to face the challenge, I really do recommend this shop. It’s definitely one of the more unique ramen shops I’ve tasted and personally I can’t wait to go back again.