Wednesday, November 3, 2010

風雲児 (Fuunji in Shinuku)

風雲児

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Fuunji, the lonely adventurer, has been on my list for ages, and I rolled up at 3:30pm on a Tuesday afternoon. As someone who often ventures out as a lonely adventurer, I'm no stranger to arriving at a closed shop. Sure enough, Fuunji is closed from 3:00 to 5:00 for preparation.

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With a lesson at 6, I had the easy task of killing time in Shinjuku. The downside is that now I want a $5000 3D plasma television.

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I went back a little early, with plans of sitting in a nearby park until the shop reopened. Twenty minutes before opening, there were already a dozen people in line. This would expand to almost 30.

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No hesitation ordering the tsukemen. How would Fuunji stack up to my favorite shops, TETSU and Rokurinsha?

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Bested. This is my new favorite tsukemen shop. It does justice to the massive line and rave reviews.

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The soup is layers upon layers of fish flavors. The essence of roasted fish skin gave this the gold for me. I'll be back, if I have the time.