Ramen Mitsuyoshi doesn't doodle with its noodles
Ramen Mitsuyoshi has added its name to the considerable cluster of tonkotsu-broth (pork bone soup) ramen joints in Shanghai.
The restaurant is a result of a partnership between the founder of two famous ramen shops in Tokyo and a Shanghainese chef, who specializes in the art of ramen making.
The 15-seater ramen eatery is situated down a tiny street on Liyuan Road in Huangpu District.
The tiny space boasts a brightly lit interior that follows the essence of Japanese decor, with the prominent usage of wood furnishings and natural colors.
The center stage, meanwhile, is an open kitchen where bar seats are placed facing the open kitchen.
You order your ramen meal via a vending machine, pay at the machine and receive a ticket to pass to the service team.
The picture menu on the screen is simple and clear enough with four ramen options and a few side dishes.
The ramen eatery specializes in tonkotsu, with three options at 42 yuan each, and one dry selection for 40 yuan.
Both black garlic chashu (Japanese Braised Pork Belly) ramen and the extra thick ramen are popular orders here.
The tonkotsu broth is simmered for hours and you can opt for adding soft-boiled eggs and more scallions to enhance the flavors.
The broth is rich, creamy and very satisfying.
The noodles have a snappy firm texture which make the meal a very enjoyable slurp.
The chashu is quite fatty, soft and tender, while the addition of black garlic results in making an aromatic and fragrant broth with a long-lasting garlicky aftertaste.
If you prefer strong pungent flavors like I do, you’re gonna love this.
Spicy ramen is another popular dish, with the key difference being the addition of chili oil and a spicy touch.
If a bowl of ramen is not satisfying enough, order two sides to balance the heaviness coming from the broth.
The eatery provides some nicely done fried chicken and mayo, as well as chashu rice.
The restaurant is usually busy but the tables turn over very fast, so you won’t have to wait long before you sit down.
Opening hours: 11am-3pm, 5:30pm-9:30pm
Address: 501-6 Liyuan Rd
Average price: 50 yuan