I always crave Ramen Jiro but its such a massive calorie bowl of goodness that I try to only visit a few times a year... Was in the Sakuradai area and to my luck the line on a Weds night was only 2 deep!
L shaped counter seating
Recommended you buy black tea to drink along with your noodles as the fatty lard is quite heavy.
There was a sign outside requesting exact change as the machine was running out of coins.
Chef will ask everyone in line to buy pre-order from the machine. He was also asking everyone to make the line tight and stand as close to the window as possible... so demanding this guy.
Garlic chips... yum.
I don't know. It was definitely a monster of a ramen for only 700 yen. I asked for small portion of veggie topping. The Char-Siu pork wasn't tender as he just cut up chunks from a round piece of dry pork. The noodles seemed flat and not chewy as I remembered. Overall the flavor didn't have quite the impact as before. Hmm...
Sakuradai Jiro was one of the best Jiro shops in Tokyo but this new lone-chef really wasn't maintaining the quality. If you want a great bowl of Jiro then definitely goto Hibarigaoka!
See my memories of Jiro from 2012 with melty char-siu and a friendly chef.
Restaurant: Jiro Ramen Sakuradai Branch
Tabelog Foodie: https://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1321/A132101/13038383/
Address J: 東京都練馬区桜台1-5-1Address E: Tokyo, Nerima-ku, Sakuradai 1-5-1
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