Amidst the bustling back-streets of Shinjuku is a lunch venue worth writing home about.
Competing like so many other restaurants with colourful signs shouting loudly in kanji, hiragana & katakana but rarely rōmaji.
It can be complicated knowing who sells what yet many include a menu with shashin (photographs) making the task a little bit easier.
Order on your way in from a machine that provides a ticket you then hand to the waitress.
It certainly makes the process of handling money easy but it can be confusing for a first-time gaikoku jin (foreigner).
An iced-tea is provided and the rāmen plated fresh.
I choose the chāshū-men (rāmen with sliced pork).
It comes in a huge bowl filled with noodles, some vegetables, half a small egg and several slices of pork.
The flavour is wonderful. Rich and hearty. Salty yet not over-powering. Very filling.
I’ve heard that the done thing in Japan is to slurp the broth when drinking it and I must say it’s a lot of fun doing so.
A range of rāmen dishes are available starting from ¥500 with all under ¥1000.