For months now, I've been drooling over a bowl that's been featured in every recent ramen mag, but never thought I had the time to go check it out across town. Then I realized I could take one train straight from Daitabashi, without transferring, in less than 30 min.
Atariya Shokudo (あたりや食堂) near Akihabara has been around for three generations, but it's the latest reincarnation that has been getting all the buzz.
Rai Rai Men (雷々麺). This is what I have been dying to try...
Hmm, I may not have been dying to try it if I knew that there wasn't any soup. Don't get me wrong it was very good, kind of like a mazesoba meets chuukadon, but I was deceived! Oh well, it may be worth it though to go back and try the ramen.
Yo Hiroshi! Let's go grab a drink!
While Hiroshi and I were catching up over a couple drinks, we had noticed a new tsukemen shop that opened across the way. Then it turned out the manager of said shop was sitting next to us at the bar. Whew, it's a good thing we weren't saying anything bad. Anyway, the dude was cool and he even brought us some chashu to snack on.
So we decided to give it a try on our way home.
Menya Kotobuki (麺屋壽) in Hatagaya has only been open for a little over a month.
The early reviews haven't been very good, but I'm sure this tsukemen will get better with time. The noodles contain whole wheat, which I thought was a nice touch, but I couldn't really taste it too much.
Anyhow, hit or miss, we made some new friends.
Hatagaya is the spot!