Monday, November 1, 2010

くわちゃん (Kuwachan in Shimokitazawa)

くわちゃん

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Halloween brings about it's own brand of adventures. Across from a favorite craft beer bar of mine used to be one of the best shops in town, Spain Bar, which did a lunchtime Iberico ham ramen. The past tense "did" being the point. Now it's a Hiroshima style teppan yaki restaurant.

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Although teppan is usually limited to fried meats and vegetables and noodles, inspection of the menu at Kuwachan showed an inexpensive bowl of ramen.

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For stateside ramen fans, Benihana is a teppan restaurant.

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Great, cheap bowl of noodles. The grilled pork was excellent. And at only 600 yen it was cheaper than half a pint across the street. I would have liked to see a special ramen with more toppings off the teppan.

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The menu is full of other options; steaks, yaki soba, okonomiyaki, and even an ice cream dish topped with almonds fried in butter.

4 comments:

Justin said...

Don't you have a beer blog too? I recall you mentioning it before.

Brian said...

I don't have a beer blog. The boozelist is a good spot for Tokyo beer info:

http://boozelist.blogspot.com/

PudgyM29 said...

That's one of Chuwy's English-language blogs. It's a solid one. You should also browse Beer In Japan.
I think the bar you're mentioning here is Ushi Tora (I & II). It's on the 2nd floor across from here? I've been in both wings of Ushi Tora. I think I like the older side better; although the newer side is non-smoking.
Which item on the menu in the 4th picture is the ¥600 ramen?

Brian said...

Yes, it's Ushitora.

The middle item is the ramen. It's often written as Chuka soba (中華そば) which means Chinese noodles.