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Saturday, August 6, 2022

NAKANO: Tenkaippin muddy ramen newly opened! Interior is immaculate with booth seating. But cost performance was on the lowly side here. (Sony RX100M2)

Hadn`t eaten dinner and was lured into this new Tenkaippin in Nakano.

BOOTHS! Sooooo rare to see this at ramen joints in Tokyo. 



Lots of photos.  Single and combo options. 



Least expensive ramen is 890 yen.... normal portion of noodles.  Large portion is 1,070 yen. 
This is rather high starting price point for ramen in Japan.  Normally its between 600-800 yen and normally very generous toppings are included.

I lured into this because of the rather big looking gyoza pot stickers! Must be good!





Under that layer of very flavorful muddy soup is a huge glob of tangled ramen... 

Lots of sliced negi. 

Photo can be deceiving 6 mini gyozas. 


Gyoza skin was thin and crispy but the inside cabbage and meat very mushy.  
Probably one of the least memorable gyozas I have ever had... you can buy a 24 piece at the supermarket for 138 yen and its comparable.



The noodles were clumped into a ball... so difficult to eat.  Not enough muddy soup.

Tiny menma baby bamboo 

Incredibly thin piece of char siu pork... really?

There were about 8 counter seats. 



Take out vending manchine. 

Overall the quality was very meh here.  Between the clumpy noodles, supermarket grade gyoza and dry rice I just wasn't very impressed. BUT! The new interior was immaculate! No wonder why there were several lady diners.  Ramen joints in Tokyo are usually a bit dirty and full of men... but this place can actually be used for a date.  

Restaurant: Tenkaippin Nakano Branch
Restaurant J: 天下一品 中野店
Address J: 東京都中野区新井1-9-3 グレースヒルTMY 
Address E: Tokyo, Nakano, Arai 1-9-3
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Saturday, July 30, 2022

EKODA: Fuku No Kara Bento Shop. Chicken Karaage (Fried Chicken) is their specialty! Scored a bento for 50% off at 8:30pm. (Sony RX100M2)

Located just at the bottom of Ekoda Station escalator there sits a Karaage aka Fried Chicken specialty shop.  I rarely buy chicken because its soooo cheap at the supermarket or my favorite local poultry shop in nearby Sakuradai. 


But timing was just right! 50% off sign outside with just a few bento`s left for the taking.

500 yen bento... only 250 yen.  Thats less than $2 and much better than the convenience store. 

Renkon veggie that was connected to a tsukune chicken meatball, 

Tsukune Meatball... 


Japan can be soooo incredibly cheap.  The average salary is 5 million yen or roughly USD37.5 at todays conversion rate so things need to remain relatively inexpensive.  Anyways gogo if you are in Ekoda!  It was pretty good. 

Restaurant Bento: Fukunokara Ekoda branchi
Restaurant J: 福のから 江古田店
Address J: 東京都練馬区旭丘1-78-5
Address E: Tokyo, Nerima-ku, Asahigaoka 1-78-5
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EKODA: Vivo Daily Stand. 500 yen drinks and suuuuper friendly regulars! Super cozy spot in desolate Ekoda town. (Sony RX100M2)

With so many universities in Ekoda you would imagine the town would be super busy! But its totally not.  I guess being only a few minutes by train to Ikebukuro has its challenges.  Most of the uni crowd head out. 

Vivo Daily Stand is one the very few spots thats actually full of customers. 


Beers, wine, etc all 500 yen.  No tax or table charge. 



Very friendly bartender... she had the gift of gab. 



One of the regulars shared his bottle of white wine with everyone... had to return the favor a bit later. 






Bartender gave out these incredibly tasty Japanese muffins.  Anyways if you at a loss then check out Vivo! There are many in Tokyo... https://www.vivo-tokyo.com/shop/

Restaurant Bar: Vivo Daily Stand Ekoda Branch
Restaurant J: ビーボデイリースタンド 江古田店
Address J: 東京都練馬区栄町1-10 菊屋第2ビル 1F
Address E: Tokyo, Nerima-ku, Sakaecho 1-10
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