I woke up feeling like it was gonna be a good day. For it is payday and my day off. So like most days off, it started off with a visit to the gym and a nearby ramen shop. Nejishiki (ねじ式) in Hatagaya, just steps from Hototogisu, is a new shop barely even two months old.
The shop is run by Kenji Ota, but when it gets crazy he calls upon his army of little masked men.
There are 3 options: Ramen, Tsukemen, and a junk-style Mazesoba (hear that Brian). And with toppings like garlic butter or cheese mayo, things can get very interesting. I decided to keep it simple and opted for the 特Ramen.
Woah! Heavily marinated ground pork.
The noodles are fat and take long to cook, but it's worth the wait.
If I had to describe it, I'd say it's like a high-class-Jiro-kei-geared-for-the-country-clubs ramen. おしゃれでしょう？
So I had this idea of putting all the ramen shops I've slurped at during year one into a photo book. Would you buy a copy? I originally wanted to have it finished by christmas, but we'll see.
Then of course it was time for dinner at Bassanova.
Where some crazy (but awesome) regulars started buying me drinks.
And we had a blast just messing around.
It was...a good day.