Wednesday, February 22, 2012

さいころ (Saikoro in Nakano)

肉煮干し中華そば さいころ


The dice in the windows are a sure bet that you're at Saikoro, a short walk from Nakano station.


But the massive neon reads Jiraigen. What's up with that? I remember a trip a few years ago to Jiraigen, a solid shoyu with too much chicken oil in the soup for my tastes.


Turns out they closed up shop, moved a mile away, and extended their hours. Saikoro is Jiraigen, down to the rich broth and chicken oil.


The atmosphere is great. Dubbed Japanese "soul" noodles, reminiscent of a 50's diner, playing loud hip-hop on the stereo, and featuring lock-haired young locals, this is a nabe pot full of modern culture. With excellent noodles.


If I didn't dislike chicken oil, I would be a regular here. That stuff just seems to coat my stomach. Two out of three people would disagree with me on this point. That's why I can reluctantly add this to my ever-growing list of recommendations.


Two out of three ramen fans would drink the bowl dry of soup. Maybe more like nine out of ten.


Check out my video review!


Tokyo, Nakano-ku, Nakano 2-28-8
Closest station: Nakano

Open 11:00-23:00

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