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Monday, April 29, 2019

NERIMA: INOSHOW Ramen during Golden Week! There is always a line here! (SONY RX100M3)

Every few months my friend and I visit an elderly man who once owned a popular bar in a tiny side street of Ikebukuro... now lives alone so we bring over some food, a few bottle of sake talk about random things. Normally after the visit we head to Ramen Dai in Nerima thats very Jiro style but not this night. 

Hit up the wildly popular Insosho in Nerima.  There is ALWAYS a line here!

If unsure what to order remember to push the top left corner button... friend went for the spicy ramen just below my selection. 

U shaped counter seating. 

Lots of veggies and a few slices of pork.  Not so tender. 

The chef!

Very flavorful broth.

Always a fan of thick noodles.

Friends spicy ramen.... said it was very good!

Overall you really can't go wrong here. Tabelog foodies give it a solid 3.58 points. Interesting that there is a fairly big female following here... which means its good!  They also serve dipping noodles tsukemen

Leave you with a few pics from back in the day... Traditionally in Japan you call a bar owner "Master" or Masutaaaa.  This must have been about 9 years ago.

REstaurant: Inosho Nerima Branch
Address J: 東京都練馬区練馬1-6-18 コンフォートIII 1階B号室
Address E: Tokyo, Nerima-ku, Nerima 1-6-18

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Sunday, April 28, 2019

NAKANO: Kanda-Ya Izakaya... great small standing counter area for the lone diner. Love this place. (SONY RX100 / AS100)

First day of Golden Week and all my friends are either traveling or going back to their home towns in Japan... so all alone and off to Nakano to randomly find a welcoming restaurant.

Luckily I spotted Nakanoya with a sign outside that had 10 spots for standing.

40 table seating and 10 counter seating spots.... I'm there!

I noticed these cute little crabs walking around in a tank... then to my left was sign to eat these guys for 390 yen!  Oh my....

I didn't eat these guys.

The chef preparing my pakuchi fried gyoza.

Restaurant: Kanda Ya Izakaya
Address J: 東京都中野区中野5-56-15 三京ビル 1F
Address E: Tokyo, Nakano-ku, Nakano 5-56-15
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Saturday, April 27, 2019

NAKANO: Tachinomi (Standing Bar) Jiro... this time to try the waiters recommended Motsu Nikomi! (SONY RX100)

Just needed a spot to pop in for a quick drink and one dish... went to Jiro!

No English menus in sight...

Draft beers are 440 yen... a bit on the high side but this place does have happy hour.

All standing... in Japanese its called Tachi-Nomi.

Here it is!  Super tender motsu... really liked it.  Plus there was some tasty yuzu paste on the table.

Overall the young staff was super friendly and if you need a place to hang out for a bit this is a good choice.   

Restaurant: Tachinomi Jiro
Address J:  東京都中野区中野5-35-8 新東京アパート 1F
Address E: Tokyo, Nakano-ku, Nakano 5-35-8

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