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Sunday, May 26, 2013

NERIMA: Hanaichi Ramen... Super friendly Single Mother Ramen Chef :)

In search of a great ramen spot in Nerima and came across Hanaichi via the Nerima Ramen Rankings...  Hanaichi is from the chef's daughters name "Hana-chan."

Free tiny ramen and juice for kids below elementary school...

Free ice cold tea

L shaped counter seating and in the back there is a small section with tatami style seating... noticed a few mothers with little kids in that area.

Slowly I started to notice little hints that the female ramen chef probably owns this place... Heart shaped toothpick holder.

Wasabi Charsiu Bowl looked tasty

Two basic Shio choices... Ramen or Tsukemen.

There it is! My 680yen Shio-Ramen... 

Melty charsiu that is grilled with a flame thrower thingy

You have the option to order "Hoso-men" (thin noodles) or "Futo-men" (thick noodles).  I'm a huge fan of chewy think noodles...

You can upgrade the amount of noodles for a few yen.

Overall this place was just so friendly and warm... the chef was so extremely polite, the ramen had a great rich flavor and just felt like I was eating ramen with made with love.  I'll definitely go back to support my very first ever female ramen chef spot.

Ramen shop was featured on TV (8.7.2013)

At one time this place was operated as a husband and wife team but two years ago they got divorced and the wife took over the ramen shop.

Restaurant: Hanaichi Ramen
Address J: 東京都練馬区練馬2-2-18 ハイツ練馬 1F
Address E: Tokyo, Nerima-ku, Nerima 2-2-18

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Friday, May 24, 2013

NERIMA: HyakuRakuMon Chinese/Taiwanese Lunch... friendly friendly.

Chinese! I never eat Chinese... mostly because every Chinese lunch I've had in Tokyo has been very very mediocre at best... but its always very cheap.

580yen Lunch Menu...

Noticed a few people ordering the Cha-Han fried rice...

A very cozy restaurant... elderly ladies, salarymen and later on joined by 4 postal workers.  AND They have booths!  Thats so cool... hardly ever see this in Tokyo.

Service by the Chinese waitress was super friendly... all smiles.

Lots of recommended dishes are picturedd.

There it is! 580yen Lunch...

Hmm... not very flavorful... hmm... The soup kinda tasted like sink water... hmm...

The best thing was the almond jelly dessert.   I probably won't ever return here again but if you enjoy a nice cozy atmosphere with a friendly staff then give it a try... Oh, smoking is allowed during lunch.

Shop: Hyaku Raku Mon Chinese Restaurant
Address J: 東京都練馬区豊玉北5-22-16 木島ビル
Address E: Tokyo, Nerima-ku, Toyotama Kita 5-22-16

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

IKEBUKURO: (REVISITED) GROWTH Ramen... Boxing, HipHop and Great Ramen!

I'm back at 麺処GROWTH!  The last time I went for the hugely popular Tsukemen but today I was all about Ramen... well, I was the only one all about Ramen as every other patron ordered Tsukemen~.

730yen for 200grams... but for an additional 40yen I could get 1.5x more!  So 770yen this day!

Help yourself ice water.

All day everyday on the BGM... Hip Hop... Rick Ross... Tupac... Meek... Memphis Bleek

The young pro-boxer takes care of 7 seats all by himself.

When you are done please wipe the table and place your items on the top counter.

There it is! 300 grams of piping hot ramen!  

Whats different from the Tsukemen... I think the added fresh onions, greens...

... and 2 slices of melty pork.

Extremely tasty broth with a nice hint of pork oil... yum!

Unusually on this day there were 4 university ladies enjoying ramen inside.  I assume the word is out at the neighboring St. Pauls University (Rikkyo 立教大学) and due to the location you won't get the middle aged salary man crowd out for a quick lunch. If in the area give the extremely polite pro-boxer chef a visit!

Shop: GROWTH Ramen
Address J: 東京都豊島区西池袋3-4-2
Address E: Tokyo, Toshima-ku, Nishi Ikebukuro 3-4-2

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

SAKURADAI: Domino's Pizza... Buy 1 Get 1 Free!

Its been over a year since I last visited Domino's in Japan and I'm sure the choice was a good one... a few more kilo's to go before hitting my ideal weight.

But for some reason I started craving some Pizza on a budget.  So whats the least expensive item on the menu?  Yeah, Medium Cheese for 1,100yen... if you start to get those with toppings it begins to double and tripple in cost.

Take-Outs Buy 1 Get 1 Free... on everything!  So went for 2 Cheese Pizzas!

Small waiting corner for 3.

A listen on how to pick up your Take-Out in Japanese~.

Overall its really a boring pizza that lacks any kind of memorable kick... hmm... but since I got 2 for 1,045yen and at one coin each (500yen) it was alright I guess.

Anyways if you live near a Domino's why don't you just take a walk over and get a free pizza?
You can order on the English Website

Shop: Domino's Pizza Sakuradai Branch
Address J: 東京都練馬区羽沢2-1-1
Address E: Tokyo, Nerima-ku, Hazawa 2-1-1

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