Monday, June 2, 2014

Totto Ramen

I was here on Boxing Day (correction: it was actually Christmas Day) 2013.  The sign-up sheet fooled me... There was only 6 groups before me when I signed myself up so I thought, "Ok, I can handle this".  I found out much later what really happened was the lady took the full page of sign up sheet with her shortly before we arrived... If I had known earlier, I would have gone somewhere else nearby.
"The ramen better be out of this world."  I thought to myself while I was waiting and freezing on the streets... 

everyone was trying to squeeze in the little space to keep warm

After almost giving up a few times, it's finally our turn... The shop is very small, 20 pax at most.  The seats are also very packed and very tight.  (I wonder how can people escape if there was a fire...) Nevertheless, I thought everyone was very considerate... the chefs are working as fast as they could and nobody was loittering around when they are done eating.  That really helped to keep the line moving.

It's amazing to watch her work
She is SO FAST!

Totto specializes in chicken paitan ramen.  The broth is much lighter in taste compared to the traditional tonkatsu (pork) broth.  The ramen is cooked al dente and I like how the miso accented the broth.  The thing I didn't care for much was the char siu.  It was a bit too dry.  I also thought the rayu was unnecessary as the ramen was full of flavor alone already.

Totto Miso Ramen 鳥人味噌ラーメン USD$11

The finest Koji Miso and ground pork in a scoop atop slightly wavy noodles in original Paitan soup. Topped with a seasoned hardboiled egg, scallion, bean sprouts, onion and char siu pork.

Rayu (Spicy Sesame Oil) 自家製辣油 +$1.25
 Totto Spicy Ramen 鳥人辛ラーメン USD$11

Original Rayu, Spicy Sesame Oil, adds a spicy kick and refreshing aftertaste to our original Paitan ramen.Topped with scallion, char siu pork, bean sprouts, and nori.

My verdict: The ramen wasn't bad but I can't hardly justify the two hours wait time.  I might be back if there was no line and I was desparate for ramen.

366 W 52nd St New York, NY 10019
Tel: +1 (212) 582-0052
 Hours: (Mon-Sat)(Lunch) 12:00 pm - 4:30pm; (Dinner) 5:30 pm - 12:00 am; (Sun)(Dinner) 4:00 pm -11:00 pm

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