The plan was to go to a shop called 69 N Roll One, out on the far edges of Tokyo in Machida. But they were closed, taking a few days to head up to the annual Nagano ramen festival. So Nate from Waseda Ramen and I found the closest ramen of quality, a place called Koshinbo.
Nate said to me, and I paraphrase here, "I think there's a shop around here with only chicks serving ramen created by a chick."
Ramen being a very "guy" thing in Japan, we had to check this out.
This could go one of two ways.
- A bunch of fat, drooling dudes coming to idolize the ladies serving up their favorite sustenance.
- A female friendly shop that anyone is comfortable in
Well done ladies. A very solid bowl.
Nozu Rie, the owner here, really made a bowl that anyone could get behind. And for someone who is high on the ramen fame-o-meter, she is surprisingly humble, clearing tables and welcoming people to the store. Usually, the more famous a shop gets, the meaner the master's grimace gets. It's nice to see nice food for the nice people.
I had no idea, but this is #30 on my outdated Top 30 in Japan list. Keep in mind, everyone's a critic and there are at least 3 major top of the game lists that come out in various publications or TV shows each month out here.
Shop info here.