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Thursday, October 31, 2013

NERIMA: Free Yamano Ramen! Thanks to Rakuten Defeating Giants 5-1 in Game 2!!

Had a bet going with a good friend... Tokyo Giants vs Rakuten Eagles.  Of course I took the underdog and won a bowl of ramen!  Where else but to revisit Yamano for their most expensive Maze-Soba! :)

1,080yen... thats all me!  Its hard to justify paying over 900yen for ramen but lucky me.

Friend went for the Maze-Soba +100yen for "Oomori" (Extra large portion of noodles) and it was huge.

Thats all me!  Normally Maze-Soba is only 780yen but with the chunks of tender pork +300yen.

Super tender and tasty!  Stewed for a loooong time.

Scoop of rice at the end just tops off this great spot.

Didn't realize it but seems Miyabi is also a sister shop... My entry here:

Another great meal at Yamano... just sooooo good.  I'll be back again!
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Friday, October 25, 2013

ROPPONGI: Blue Moon Beer at Rigoletto Bar and Grill! Wow... I couldn't believe it!

I'm standing at the counter ordering my usual Bohemia beer not realizing that these 3 Blue Moon glasses were directly in front of me at the bar counter... This is one of my favorite beers ever and the last time I had it was in Chicago.

Its a beauty!

Out with my pilot friends this night... but you gotta give this beer a try!
For shop details goto my previous post:

Restaurant: Rigoletto Bar and Grill
Rigo Website:
Address J: 東京都港区六本木6-10-1 六本木ヒルズ ウエストウォーク 5F
Address E: Tokyo, Minato-ku, Roppongi 6-10-1, Roppongi Hills West Walk 5F

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NERIMA: Yamano Ramen... Tried the super delicious Maze-Soba! (Soupless Ramen)

At 1:15am My choices were very limited and I just missed ramen Dai by a few minutes... but thank god!  I just made it in time to Yamano to finally try their Mazeh-Soba :)

The last time I just had the regular ramen and it was just ok. Click this button!

And there it was... wow... lots of great ingredients.  Fresh raw egg yolk, seasoned minced meat, seaweed and some other items.  

First step...  mix it all up and eat.  Simply super tasty and delicious!

Step 2 add this special clear sauce... had a hint of vinegar.

And step 3:  Ask the friendly staff to put a scoop of rice in your bowl... mix with the remaining sauce and little bits of meat.  Ooohhh... such a great close.

Super friendly Chef...

And the very friendly owner.  He's on Facebook!
If you are ever in Nerima... just go.  Its a great great bowl of ramen and definitely in my top 3.

Restaurant: Yamano Ramen
Address J: 東京都練馬区豊玉北5-23-11
Address E: Tokyo, Nerima-ku, Toyotama Kita 5-23-11

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IKEBUKURO: Standing Bar Kihei... just a cozy old timer's hangout

Needed a spot to kill an hour and scanned the Ikebukuro standing bar rankings... this was at the top!

Lots of little home made dishes ranging from 200  to 300yen.

Japanese baseball draft on TV... Japan seems to mainly draft straight after high school.

Sake from 250yen~

Mug beers only 350yen... not too bad!  Guinness 450yen and Heineken 435yen.

Chef hard at work.

I went to use the restroom and saw this!  LOTS of alcohol... seems this shop is housed in the same building as a alcohol distributor.

First time too see stained glass in a rest room... very spacious.

Overall it was a nice cozy spot.  The owner is the only guy on staff and super friendly.  If you are in Ikebukuro I'd definitely recommend this spot for a few beers and some appetizers.

Restaurant: Standing Bar Kihei
Address J: 東京都豊島区南池袋2-29-16
Address E: Tokyo, Toshima-ku, Minami Ikebukuro 2-29-16

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