When it comes to tantanmen in Akasaka, Kisurin (希須林) is king. when it comes to tantanmen in Akasaka. Choose soup or soupless and your spice level from 1-5. But most importantly, don’t forget to add the breaded pork cutlet topping!
Soupless Tantanmen in Akasaka
In the soupless tantamen (their top seller), the creamy white sesame seems to stand out more than the chili.
But that balance can also depend on the spice level you choose. Even at a lower level of spice (level 1-2), the sansho numbing pepper will hit you a little bit.
The noodles bunched together are creamy pockets of flavor, contrasted only by the crunchy little bean sprouts and kiruage mushrooms.
Tantanmen with Soup
The tantanmen with soup is less sesame smooth in flavor, even if you choose a lower spice level. It definitely has more of a spicy Sichuan kick.
In both, the dry, crumbling minced pork topping is top-notch. But the breaded pork cutlet topping is a must order.
In short, Kisurin has the finest tantanmen in Akasaka. Visit outside of peak hours – they don’t have too many seats!