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.

4 comments:

Maikumaru said...

My friend introduced me to your blog...
I went here a month ago to Fuunji
This place was amazing...If this is your favorite tsukemen shop, then huge props to you....going to have to check out your takadanobaba posts.

Brian said...

Unfortunately, I don't have a ton of shops reviewed in Baba. Check out my buddy's site though:

www.ramenate.com

Anonymous said...

Terrific shop, thank you for the post. Even better was arriving at 18:30 on a weekday night to find just 2 people ahead of me in the queue; result! 30mins later there were 25people waiting. The soup here is out of this world and the shop has atmosphere in spades.

A few other shops that aren't on your blog which I recommend for tsukemen;

Hazuki
http://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1317/A131714/13008248/

Tsujita
http://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1310/A131002/13020599/

Warito
http://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1317/A131705/13096566/

Thanks for your great blog and all the effort that goes into it.




Brian said...

Thank you for the recommendations! All of those spots are pretty famous, I hope to check them out soon.