No birthday cake this year (or any year for that matter). Just a pot of rice with 花山椒 - fresh sansho buds and sirloin steak. The sansho buds are only around for a few short weeks. First time in 30-something years I've had them so fresh. Thank you @gagainjapan for the artwork and @zaiyuhasegawa for the epic meal.
A bit of a trek, but if you are in the mood for oyster ramen, Kaigaraya has a bowl for you. Not far from the Fuchu military base, so maybe some of my subscribers in the service could check it out. More on my site.
La FinS with another bonkers bowl. Chef Sugimoto used rare Chiba stingray, high in collagen, to make the soup. The stingray was then smoked and served as a topping. Offered as an add-on to their regular course menu. 裏メニューの燻製鱏ラーメン. 誕生日だから🤑
Shinki is one of those local spots where I feel happy to have wandered in. Lunch is reasonable (5000 yen for the full course), the master knowledgable, and the regulars friendly.
Miraie in Akabane. Up now on the site. Their signature stewed beef mazesoba is made with craft soy sauce and red wine. Decadent stuff. I made a video for this one on YouTube as well, the first video I shot and edited by myself.
Sushi at Shimon. Very approachable spot in Ginza, which is my way of saying decent sushi with about half the customers being visitors. Loved that they served 鱒 - river trout - as one of the nigiri.
Walking into the new Trunk (Hotel) is like walking into an eclectic billionaire's palace. Impeccable design, a room full of TESLAs, cross-dressing geisha, and some of the best grilled hearts and liver I've had. I'll be back (for the ramen). #ramenadventures_shibuya#ramenadventures_yakitori#trunkhotel
Kuroobi, a new ramen shop that features konbu from Rishiri Island, considered some of the best in the world. The heavy rains collect minerals from the steep mountain which in turn feeds the seaweed just off the shore. This bowl is subtle, and it was great to nerd out on that smooth umami. On the site now.
I was surprised by this one in Takadanobaba. Doing 'research' for a TV show, I needed to crush as many bowls in this area as possible. The show was whack (stressed out director) but this bowl of chicken soup was light and refreshing.
Day 10 of the #ramenriders Golden Week ride. • Aaaaaand I'm done. I'm still technically on the road, but the weekend was spent doing my non-ramen real job (performing in children's events). Had 10 shows over 2 days. • Ramen at 麺屋はなび, their Taiwan mazesoba is amazing. • Back to Tokyo.
Day 9 of the #ramenriders Golden Week ride. • Summited Mt. Ibuki, one of Japan's famous 100. • Kakigori at Akawani. Waited over 2 hours. I like かき氷, but I don't quite 'get' it yet. I'll keep trying. • Okinawan sokisoba at 麺屋玉ぐすく, a punk themed shop in Nagoya. I also crushed their タコスまぜそば, Okinawa style taco rice soupless noodles.