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2015-07-05

Kanda Ramen Waizu/Kanda
神田ラーメン わいず/神田

 

This place had the longest line at lunch time in the Kanda station area of any place by far during this trip. I went with K-san and F-san. It's a couple of doors down from the niku soba place mentioned in another post upcoming, and right next to another one that had absolutely no one in it at lunch time, never a good sign. The darker tonkotsu broth was very rich and complex, with a couple of good pieces of pork. They must use a special type of pig parts and spices, it had a slightly smoky/salty/grittier taste to it. Very cramped inside. Abura was well-distributed throughout the broth. They have a special "no smell" niniku on the counter which almost had no taste either, in addition to the regular niniku. Expensive at 900 yen but worth it, this has to be the best place in the Kanda station area hands down.

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Kaze/Berkeley

 

Good milky tonkotsu ramen with a really good authentic flavor. Not as expensive as places in SF proper. The pork was a proper piece of pork for this type of ramen.

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Ippudo Express/Solamachi
IPPUDO NOODLE EXPRESS 東京ソラマチ店/ソラマチ

 

Ippudo "cafeteria-style" at Tokyo Sky Tree. Service was extremely quick, just line up at the first counter and pay, then go collect your ramen at the second counter a mere 3 feet to the right. Plenty of space to sit in a general shared food court area. Menus in English and other languages. They have the shiro-maru, the aka-maru and the hakata chuuka soba, unfortunately the porkslices are so thin you can almost see through them. What can I say, this was the same basic Ippudo taste. No porky tonkotsu smell so I wonder whether they truck the broth in from another place or not. My first time to Tokyo Sky Tree - all new, very touristy, and there are several other ramen options in the place. Hard to recommend this as the first choice even though Ippudo is usually my default recommendation for people when they ask me what ramen shop to go to in Tokyo (many shops, consistent product, no fuss).

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Abura Ya/Otemachi
油や/大手町



I was not that impressed with this place even though K-san (formerly with my firm but now with another firm right across the street) said it was worth it and better than some other other abura soba places near by. The Otemachi building is an older building two south from OFC, with long halls in the middle of a cluster of much more modern towers. The dish was abura soba and it was a smaller portion of 250g (you can ask for 300 for the same price). I believe that the nori and onions that they add just confuse the taste. No one in there at 5 PM on a Mon night. One piece of pork that was done well enough for 700 yen. Nothing special here, move along IMO.

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Gyoza No New York/Otemachi
餃子のニューヨーク/大手町



In the basement of Otemachi Financial City, my company's new Tokyo home, good yakigyoza or suigyoza. Second outpost of a Tachikawa-based chinese restaurant chain. Got the su-ra-tan-men set, very mild suratan flavor compared to most places. Some carrots and peppers and other veggies on top, not sure why. Just barely a hint of sweetness. Not a strong peppery or vinegary flavor. The hot dense soup tends to cook the noodles even more so you have to eat it quickly. One great thing is that they have all-you-can-eat self-serve mapo tofu that was actually quite good and satisfying. The tencho is this super genki guy whose voice carries almost through the entire basement. Probably a bit on the pricey side for the amount you get, but respectable and can be recommended - other than Ramen Bannai this is your only option for noodles in soup in the entire OFC complex.

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2015-06-29

Mendokoro MAZERU/Akihabara
麺処 MAZERU/秋葉原

  

Down the end of a long hall that you get to via the entrance on the unnamed west-east street that runs between the JR and Metro Akihabara stations, just south of both of them. You will see the sign outside if you look for it, picture above. 7 seats, very cramped if I remember correctly. Excellent pork. Ask for no raw egg ("nama tamago nuki de") and a bit of extra soup ("shiru mo sukoshi onegai shimasu". The small is actually quite large. and they are very generous with the garlic, but not the yasai. Self service water is also crammed in there somehow too. Good option for the Akihabara area that does not appear to be that well-known yet but is well-ranked on Tabelog and Ramen Database.

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Ramen Bar/San Francisco

  

In SF for a Microsoft conference in late April - pretty standard Tokyo-style shoyu with a minimum of noodles. Too much unnecessary leafy garnish on top, and the pork was much too thin. SF is an expensive city and this bowl is no exception. This place positions itself as "fast casual" including takeout. You can sit outside or inside and the place does have a real restaurant feel.

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