Sakura Shokudo (桜食堂) in Kyodo opened about a year ago with little or no hype.
But I must say that this Shoyu Ramen (醤油ら～めん) is one of the better bowls I've had this year.
It's clean. And by clean I mean crisp and refreshing. An impressive blend of old-school and new-school.
Looking at the chefs uniform, I thought he had some connection with FDNY so I asked him. It turns out he doesn't. Apparently, a uniform shop in Shimokitazawa has these shirts numbered 1 through 4 and although he currently works alone, he thought it would be cool to have his staff where these with a different number. Ha! Now that's some inside scoop! lol.
Anyway, this night was all about the dream connection.
Four years ago, it started with a bowl of dreams...
And then a trek to Sacramento to slurp one of the best bowls of ramen in NoCal.
Yup, Shoki Ramen in Tokyo!!! After a great dinner, Ueyama-san wanted to check out IRP so I took them.
Thank you Ueyama-san!!!