This restaurant, along with Naritake Ramen down the road used to be the only two authentic ramen stalls in this area. Naritake being great for their intense miso soup, while taishoken was the one with a lighter, sweeter more "natural" tasting soup base.
However, after my visit last night, I have to say that the restaurant has changed completely - it has joined the likes of all the other "inauthentic" japanese restaurants in the district - similar in taste to those shops run by the chinese instead of japanese. The noodles have changed, so has the cha-shu and of course the soup base. Simply put, it's now chinese noodles masquerading as japanese ramen.
In short, you can't say you've had authentic japanese ramen after eating at taishoken. For the real deal, go to Naritake down the road instead.
I'd never come back. However, considering that people from different places have different tastes - a fact attested by the long queues in front of the restaurant Higuma (a famous "japanese" restaurant that serves chinese stir fry in reality) every night, you might want to give this restaurant a try if you enjoy chinese-style japanese food.
I'm not trying to be racist here or anything - I am chinese in fact., however, I just feel that we should describe food for what they are - if I want to eat ramen, I want ramen and if I preferred chinese noodles instead I'd head to the 13th.
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