Kazuki is an amazing little ramen restaurant in Roppongi. The interior is typical of urban ramen restaurants today, with a vending slot machine at the entrance where you place your order. And while we’re on the subject, these machines are a nightmare for those who do not understand Japanese because, you guessed it, they’re only in Japanese. Thankfully, on this occasion, we had someone with us who could place our order.
Like most urban ramen restaurants, Kazuki uses pork stock as its ‘soup’ base; it’s richer (and fattier) than chicken which was once the more popular of the two as a base. We all ordered the house speciality, the spicy miso ramen with wontons. I cannot begin to tell you how amazing it was; especially at 2am after a heavy Roppongi boozing session with the boys.
Of course Kazuki has an assortment of ramens which covers all the basics:
Shio (“salt”) ramen
Shōyu (soy sauce) ramen
Tonkotsu (“pork bone”) ramen
Miso (fermented beans paste) ramen
Service is…um, let’s call it efficient. But it’s fast, which is good. The chefs behind the counter are a fun bunch; young, smiley and easily approachable. The older servers however are a little grumpy but that’s okay, you get used to it as a foreigner in Tokyo. All this said, in the humble opinion of this Gaijin, Kazuki is one of the best ramen restaurants in the Rippongi area and well worth a visit.
Waste NOT. Want NOT.