Hey, remember our ramen obsession? Rest assured that it’s still going strong. Fear of sounding like a broken record has kept me from reporting on every bowl of noodles I eat, but this one deserves a mention.
Though Ippudo is still my hands-down favorite, 15-month-old Totto is just a couple of blocks from the office and ideal for a quick, indulgent lunch. Buyer beware, though: Much like Ippudo, Totto has its own rabid following—go solo, during off-peak hours, for the least frustrating experience. After a ten-minute wait on a recent (very cold) afternoon, I snagged a seat at the counter and watched the staff torch slices of pork belly and stir steaming vats of broth until my soup arrived.
I ordered the Totto spicy ramen, with bamboo shoots instead of nori (not a fan, unless it’s corralling my sushi) and added a seasoned, hard-boiled egg for good measure. The broth was nearly as good as the city’s frontrunner’s, albeit just a touch too rich and salty—I made it halfway through before I’d had enough. I was actually jealous of the two refreshing-looking bowls of vegetable ramen on either side of me.
It’s borderline heretical, but given this particularly sloth-like winter and spring’s premature arrival, it looks like my next bowl of ramen will be porkless. You heard it here first.
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