Every trip to Nagano ends up being a culinary adventure. On Saturday, we ate local Shinshu cuisine like mountain chicken, apples, and of course a lot of sake. On Sunday, at my friend's wedding, we ate what could well be the best course meal I've had in Japan. On Monday I ate river fish sushi at a roadside stand while riding my motorcycle. After all that, I asked a Nagano native to take me to the best ramen in town.
Oishiya often tops local best of lists, and though the place was empty, it looked like a winner from the start.
A winner indeed.
The soup and noodles here at Oishiya are best described as "easy going". Very simple, very clean. On the other hand, the chashu and menma were some of the most robust and flavorful I've had. As close to perfect shoyu as I've had.
I've been promised that on future trips to Nagano that I'll be introduced to all the top shops. Looking forward to it!