Takumi Ramen Kitchen Milano
The gastronomic offer of Via Paolo Sarpi in Milan in recent years has been enriched exponentially. The Mecca of quintessential Asian food, on August 22, 2019 in Via Luigi Canonica 63 saw the opening of Takumi, a restaurant specializing in Sapporo ramen, Hokkaido.
To better appreciate the regional recipe of this ramen, you have to make a historical and geographical excursus. We are on the cold island of Hokkaido, north of Japan. Sapporo, the main city of the region, became known for the 1972 Winter Olympics and, above all, for its beer of the same name. However, it is also the birthplace of the famous miso ramen (miso, protein-rich, is the fermented yellow soybean paste to which cereals are added). In 1955 the miso ramen was first prepared by Morito Omiya (first chef of the restaurant Aji No Sanpei, where miso soup was invented) and by Takayuki Nishiyama, founder of the nishiyama Noodle company and inventor of the “multi-hydrolisis aged” Noodles.
We are now moving to Amsterdam. It’s 1995 and Mr. Haruiko Saeki and chef Okada work together. Both wish to open a ramen restaurant together in Europe but, due to work requirements, the former had to go to Düsseldorf and the second to Japan. In 2005 Mr. Saeki was in charge of a Chicken & Grill Japanese restaurant in Düsseldorf. In the meantime he found the ideal noodles and had the opportunity to appreciate Sapporo’s ramen. So he contacted Sapporo Nishiyama Seimen (famous Ramen producer of Sapporo) and met Mr. Ishida, a ramen expert at Nishiyama. The two began working together and in January 2007 they opened their first Takumi restaurant in Düsseldorf. Today it is a multinational company that has expanded in Amsterdam, Hamburg, Berlin, Barcelona, Rotterdam and in January will also open a place in Antwerp. The secret to Takumi’s success? At the base of the recipes, original and revisited, there are always authentic spices imported directly from Japan.
In my opinion, however, the broth is not particularly thick and the choice of cooking semi-raw egg has not convinced me. Takumi’s miso ramen has the characteristics of Sapporo ramen: miso broth, egg pasta noodles, bamboo and finely chopped pork.
Takumi’s menu doesn’t just stop at miso ramen. Ramen with chicken broth, shoyu ramen, black garlic, teriyaki chicken variants and even vegetarian ramen are offered. There are also gyoza, karaage, curry, korokke, takoyaki and mini donburi. The dessert card features various types of ice cream and among the drinks Kirin beer, sake, Calpis, green tea and Ramune.