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Anyone remember Goemon?

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The Boston area used to have a small chain of noodle restaurants called Goemon, there was one by BU and another by MIT. I only got to eat there a few times but was impressed not just by the noodles or the broth, but especially by this particular condiment dispenser I've never seen since.

The tables had these mills for grinding roasted sesame seeds into your food. If I recall, these were disposable, probably filled at the factory. I've never found anything like them and I've been looking for many, many years.

Does anyone know anything about these or where they can be found?

EDIT: Damn, I feel silly. I just found them on Amazon for, like $4.00.

Anyway, anyone have fond memories of that place?

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  1. Just so this thread doesn't get deleted because it deals with nostalgia, which is a no-no around here... What is the closest thing these days to Goemon in Boston? I remember somebody in the know telling me that Goemon was owned by the same people who ran Tatsukichi, which also closed many years ago and was for a while very good. The Tatsukichi in Shinjuku, Tokyo, is still going strong.

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    1. re: Uncle Yabai

      Yes, I'd love to try a ramen-style restaurant in the area these days. I can find Soba and Pho pretty easily, but I sure would love to know where great authentic Ramen can be found.

      It sounds so odd to be talking about this stuff- cruddy versions are available for $0.25 per package after all - like it's a real treat, but honestly, it is.

      1. re: KevinKS

        Kevin, plenty of threads about ramen in town, including Sapporo (my favorite) in Porter and Pikaichi (which took over Ken's space) in Allston.

        I remember the cool grinders at Goemon too, but I recall there being some kind of mixture of sesame seeds, seaweed and spices? I knew next to nothing about ramen back then (except for the packets) but I remember liking Goeman a lot.

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        Pikaichi
        1 Brighton Ave, Boston, MA 02134

    2. I remember Goemon, mostly the Kendall Sq. location, as well as Tatsukichi. I don't know about the connection between the two, but I think I remember a Goemon location in the basement of Tatsukichi? I also remember Roka quite fondly as well. If I am not mistaken, I believe the owners of the former Roka are now involved with the restaurant Shiki in Coolidge Corner, Brookline.

      Shiki is currently, IMHO, one of the best Japanese restaurants in the Boston area. I feel like they skirt the line between kaiseki and izakaya, and some of their more modern dishes don't work as well for my tastes, but I have had several solid meals there.

      I remember the menu at Goemon to be more ramen and noodle focused, but to keep this up-to-date, are there any restaurants that specialize in or serve kushiyaki like Tatsukichi did anymore? I don't get to eat out like I used to, and would be very happy to hear of such a place. To try to tune people in to my tastes, I have enjoyed: Shiki obviously; Toraya in Arlington very much; Oga's in Natick on occasion but it's out of the way for me; and Bluefin in Porter Sq., Cambridge quite a bit especially now that Oga has taken the reins.

      So yes, I too have fond memories of Goemon, and I'm also hoping to hear some similar suggestions that I have maybe missed or overlooked. I'm embarrassed to say that I never made it to Ken's, so hopefully I can still make up for that. TIA.

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      Toraya Restaurant
      890 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476

      Shiki
      9 Babcock Street, Brookline, MA 02446

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      1. re: Chicken with a Capon

        The best Kushiyaki I've had in the area is at Sei Bar in Malden. www.seibar.com/

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        Sei Bar
        182 Main St, Medford, MA 02155

          1. re: Taralli

            D'oh! I always type Malden for Medford! Thanks for the correction, Taralli.

      2. Yes, I used to work at the BU one while I was studying there. Definitely have super fond memories. Not just great food, but great times ! Btw, we filled the dispensers daily with sesame seeds :) The other dispensers were soy, shichimi (7 pepper) and I think seaweed in one (?) Suddenly can't remember. We served soba, udon, ramen, donburis and combos. At one point, Goemon had a location near Northeastern and in the basement of Tatsukichi. And yes, Goemon had the same owner as Tatsukichi. It was really a great place .. maybe just a little ahead of its time. ;)

        Thanks for jaunt down memory lane ...