Thursday, January 29, 2009

凪 (Nagi in Shinjuku's Golden Gai)

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(somewhere in Golden Gai)

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My almost weekly trip to the Shibuya Nagi is always met with a cold beer and a hot bowl of noodles, and also an invitation to their newest shop in Shinjuku. Deep in the heart of Golden Gai, a place which must be seen, is this little ramen shop. Golden Gai will be in your travel books, or easily pointed out by a local host. Hunrdeds of small drinking establishments, most only holding 4 or 5 people at a time line the dark alleys.

There's also a ramen shop holding about 5 cozy people.

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On a tuesday night at 7:30 there were a few people in there, but I was able to squeeze into a seat.

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The special here is the long flat noodles, which are then cut by hand into thin ones.

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The standard bowl also comes with a couple uncut noodles thrown in for fun.

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One thing about Nagi, with it's 3 locations in Tachikawa, Shibuya, and Shinjuku is that each one has a very different taste. At the Golden Gai shop, a lot of fish goes into making the thick soup. Also a good amount of green onions. So expect a strong taste.

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The owner is a cool guy named Ikuda. Very welcoming, he was overjoyed that I had come from the Shibuya shop and that I was somewhat of a ramen maniac. But, unfortunately, he speaks crazy fast, so I only understood a third of what he said!

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Oh, and it's open late. This says until 4am...

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