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Bangkok restaurant REVIEW:
Menya Itto

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The buzz: Bangkok's ramen lovers are queueing up an hour before opening time to get a taste of the latest arrival from Tokyo. Menya Itto boasts of being the no. 1 ranked ramen shop on tabelog.com, which is Japan's most used restaurant ranking site. Doors open at 11:30am and 6pm daily, with only 150 bowls per service.
 
The decor: A minimalist, light wood affair typical of so many Japanese restaurants. The semi-open kitchen lets you watch the cooks busily straining noodles and ladling broth, whether you’re seated at the counter or one of the standalone tables.
 
The food: Chef Yukihoko Sakamoto, owner of the original Menya Itto, is in charge here, so you can expect the real deal. The specialty is a seafood and chicken broth that’s lighter and less greasy than your typical tonkotsu (pork bone) version. What else makes the ramen and tsukemen (dipping ramen) stand out here are the two sizes of daily house-made noodles and the tender, one-hour souse vide meat toppings of chicken, pork belly and pork shoulder. Have the signature broth with the Noko Gyokai tsukemen (B270/B350), whose thick, bouncy noodles are made for dipping, or as an ordinary bowl of ramen (B195/B240) with thinner noodles. Otherwise, you can also order shio ramen (B230), whose chicken base comes doused with salt from Okayama, Japan.
 
The drinks: Apart from the usual soft drinks (B30), refillable green tea (B50) and draft Asahi (B130/325ml), there are two sakes on offer, Suigei Tokubetsu Junmai (B315/150ml) and Kagatobi Junmai Daiginjo (B270/150ml).
 
Why we’d come back: Menya Itto’s complex seafood broth is somewhat of a rarity in this tonkotsu-loving town, and the delicious sous-vide meat toppings are worth the queue alone. Wanvida Jiralertpaiboon

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Phone: 02-250-7669
Menya Itto, LG/F, Erawan, 494 Phloen Chit Rd., Bangkok, Thailand

Nearest Train:

BTS Chit Lom

Opening Hours:

daily 11:30am-3:30pm, 6-9pm

Cuisine:

Japanese

Open Since:

July, 2017
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