Sumisu | 麺屋すみす
Style: Tori Paitan
Bowl to Crush: Hakata Mizutaki Ramen | 博多水炊きらーめん
A bunch of tori-paitan shops opened in 2012, and Sumisu is one of the best in central Tokyo. The shop is in Aoyama Itchome, with the entrance to the shop located inside a building corridor lined with other eateries, such as Thai and Chinese spots. You buy your ticket from the vending machine outside and then enter the shop. Big windows give the interior a nice, roomy atmosphere, and the shop is clean and modern. Quite popular with the lunchtime rush of salarymen and OL’s working nearby.
The shop name comes from master Sumi-san, who hails from Kyushu. Sumi-san serves up a mean bowl of Hakata-style ramen, but rather than using the standard tonkotsu soup that is typical in his homeland he makes tori paitan. That’s right, absolutely no pork in the soup (and no MSG). The standard bowl here is called Hakata Mizutaki Ramen, with mizutaki referring to the cooking style of the soup — basically all of the ingredients are thrown into a large pot of water and set to slow-bowl for hours.
The umami-packed tori paitan soup here has a nice depth and richness to it, but is not overly heavy. This bowl truly does feel Hakata-style but sans the porkiness. The thin noodles are supplied by Mikawaya Seimen, with kaedama refills available — a perfect match to go with the smoothness of the soup. Some nice chicken-based toppings, too. The shop also serves up some other styles, such as spicy, soupless tantanmen, tsukemen, and seasonal dishes. It's a shop worthy of repeat visits.
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 11am-4pm, 5:30pm-10pm; Sat: 11:30am-8pm
Days Closed: Sunday
2-2-15 Minami Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo
東京都港区南青山2-2-15 ウィン青山 1F