Gottsu | らーめん ごっつ
Style: Tonkotsu & Gyokai Double Soup
Bowl to Crush: Ajitama Chashu Ramen | 味玉チャーシューらーめん
Last time we visited Gottsu, shop master Saito-san was wearing a t-shirt reading 'NO MSG' in block letters across the back. We have to admit we love a little MSG from time to time, but the anti-monosodium zealots in Tokyo are known for using only the highest-quality ingredients – i.e., that t-shirt is a very good sign.
Master Saitou-san apprenticed at Watanabe in Takadanobaba before founding his own shop, which he runs with his wife.
Gottsu is all about new-school Tokyo ramen. The shop interior is slick and spotless. The ramen is served in tall, angular white bowls. The house specialty is a velvety tonkotsu gyokai soup with the tiniest hint of sweetness – fantastic (and quite similar to Hayashi, the most forward-thinking ramen spot in Shibuya). We're guessing a little chicken and lots of bonito go into this soup too.
The chashu topping is sliced paper-thin and roasted in a way that calls to mind high-quality Canadian bacon. Both the menma and soft-boiled egg are superb. Tiny slivers of yuzu peel top it off with some freshness. Excellent bowl.
Recently, Gottsu began serving a niboshi with chicken ramen, as well as a tsukemen option. Order anything on the menu with confidence — including the delicious cheesecake dessert.
Opening Hours: Tues-Sat: 11am-3pm, 6pm-9pm; Sun: 11am-3pm
Days Closed: Monday
1-29-16 Nerima, Nerima-ku, Tokyo