Wednesday, December 14, 2011

It`s Shrimp! in Iidabashi

It`s Shrimp! エビ麺専門店

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You might pass by this shop and wonder, what does a seafood skewer shop do for lunch?

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I mean, the menu, the photos on the walls, it all points towards drinking and eating pieces of grilled fish.  The grill, though, was definitely off at noon on a Tokyo weekday.

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Because it's shrimp!

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This inviting little shop does what some other place do (Zoot comes to mind) and serves ramen for lunch.  Being a seafood joint, the ramen has shrimp in it.  How much shrimp?

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Tons.  There are 2 pieces of *yawn* normal shrimp, mounds of both sakura ebi and some kind of brown shrimp fry, and a couple excellent shrimp wontons.  Of course, the soup is flavored with shrimp.  Digging a little deeper, the soup is actually made with Malaysian Belacan, a spicy blend of fermented krill.

This is one unique bowl!

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And at only 500 yen, an amazing value.  I went with some optional toppings, as recommended by the staff.  The cheese is unnecessary, as there is too much going on in the bowl already.  The curry powder, on the other hand is good... if you like curry.  Once again, a lot is going on in this bowl.

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The vibe is great, and I'll be coming here for dinner sometime.  Can't eat ramen every meal!

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東京都新宿区神楽坂6-8
Tokyo, Shinjuku-ku, Kagurazaka 6-8

Open 11:00-14:00
Closed Sundays and holidays