Kitchen Troquet is a small, ten-seat restaurant from the folks who brought us Buono Buono, a lunchtime-only Italian-fusion ramen shop which was located just around the corner. Here they've expanded their horizons to include pork cutlets, omelettes, ebi-fry and tomato curry - "food that both children and adults can enjoy" as they helpfully explain. The main draw though once again is their very unusual take on ramen, served in a hearty, tomato-based broth.
"Tomato ramen" comes in a number of variations - basic pomodoro; spicy arrabbiata, tomato-miso, bolognese, cheddar-cheese, four-cheese, and a few seasonal specials. The four-cheese ramen is practically a meal in a bowl, incorporating a hefty portion of noodles, chunks of chicken white meat, a caprese-inspired layer of mozzarella and pesto, and a sprinkling of rocket leaves. The broth (it's hard not to think of it as pasta sauce) is thick, chunky, and rich in umami, with a subtle smoky flavor.
Noodles can be ordered in either a linguini-like thin size or a thicker, flatter formation. Ramen is priced from Y780-1280 per bowl, and a small bowl of garlicky risotto is available as a side dish for Y250. Other side dishes include an excellent eggplant salad (Y750) and several other vegetable dishes.
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