鶏白湯ラーメン - Toripaitan Ramen, ￥890
I was pretty excited to be going to Burari for the first time. I had heard good things about it from people and it is yet another that is pretty close to home... It's not difficult to find, but you have to know where you're going too - A narrow lane leads you from the street to the entrance, and it's tucked in behind another building. Once you see the Tanuki, you're probably in the right spot.
It's rather calm inside and seems to have been converted into a ramen store rather than conceived as one which seems to offer a little more space for the wait staff to help you with your order. Although the noise of the nearby trains funneling through the kitchen's exhaust fan outlet could be a little unsettling to those not accustomed to the rattling of daily life in Tokyo.
I went with my method of trying the top left button of the vending machine when in doubt of what to select, and then found a menu at the counter... (Not 100% sure why it's there since we've already ordered at this point.)
It was a pretty relaxed atmosphere inside and seemed to appeal more to people who are eating out together, more so than your average ramen shop. There were also more women inside than usual. I had heard it was popular with females due the soup being high in collagen. I didn't have to wait too long.
This was a pretty interesting place since the ramen seemed to have a different quality than most other ramens. We usually have a very full-on, in-your-face kind of flavour that leaves little to the imagination but this is a lot more subtle. The chicken dashi broth makes the concept of umami, our fifth taste sense, applicable to this ramen. I got an egg in mine...
I can understand why this shop is popular and highly rated but you definitely have to be in the right mood for it, not when you are simply craving ramen since it just has different qualities to your average bowl. I left thinking it could be a little cerebral for me but then I saw a poster of AKB48 visiting this store and realised that couldn't possibly be the case.