Many of you may have noticed this already, but we really like ramen. We set out to try as much good ramen as we could while living in Tokyo, which thankfully isn’t hard or expensive. While researching places, we happened to find one close to our apartment: Mendokoroharunire.
When we first visited this shop, I noticed a few extraordinary things that set them apart from other ramen shops:
- For their shio (salt) and shoyu (soy sauce) ramens, the broths were so light and delicate (not to mention amazingly clear). Usually you don’t want to drink too much ramen broth, since it can be unhealthy and heavy, but this broth was a light chicken broth.
- Their chashu (the meat in the ramen bowl) had an irregularity in that they have the option to choose between chicken chashu and pork chashu, or have a mixture of the two. Surprisingly, we both thought the non-traditional chicken chashu was actually the better of the two.
- Only two people were working there, a chef and waitress (who also worked in the kitchen when needed). Both of these people were women. We’ve returned three times, and it’s only ever been women that I’ve seen.
- The atmosphere was much more cafe-like than other ramen shops. There are even blankets in some seats, as the restaurant is not very warm in the winter (I never took off my coat when I was there; it was just too cold).
As stated above, we’ve visited this shop three times in total. We stopped going to this shop because we had tried their different ramens, all of which were good in their own ways, and wanted to make sure we continued to get a wide variety of ramen experiences. However, this place is great when you have a cold and I wouldn’t hesitate to return for more.
Here are some of the ramens we had: