In a Vice Japan episode of “Munchies,” Nisei ramen chef and Go Ramen! blogger Keizo Shimamoto eats and drinks his way through the bar scene in the Shindaita neighborhood of Setagaya Ward in Tokyo. At the end of the night, still hungry and more than a little tipsy, Shimamoto takes the crew to Bassanova, where he’s the head chef and manager, and prepares his latest creation: Ramen Burger.
Chef Keizo has been in New York this summer to realize his dream of opening a New York version of Bassanova, with its specialty of green curry ramen. The new Chinatown location had a soft opening this week, but Chef Keizo mentions on Go Ramen! that his part in the venture has “come to an abrupt end.” Gothamist says Chef Keizo is no longer involved, while Eataku explains to Grub Street that Bassanova’s owners are bringing in another chef.
That must be disappointing for young Chef Keizo, but he’s already moved on to another project. He’s introducing the Ramen Burger from the Munchies episode to New Yorkers.
He unveiled his Shoyu Ramen Burger on Go Ramen! this week and debuted the concoction of a beef patty surrounded by two “buns” made of fresh ramen noodles today at Smorgasburg, the Brooklyn Flea and Food Market. Good Morning America also featured Chef Keizo’s invention with the headline “Move Over, Cronut!”
JapanCulture•NYC had the pleasure of meeting Chef Keizo when he was in town last fall. Check out our video interview.