Tuesday, March 13, 2012

はやしまる (Hayashimaru in Koenji)

麺屋 はやしまる


I kind of had to come here, to this Koenji local ramen spot. You see, in a recent issue of プレイボーイ, I claimed Hayashimaru as the best wontonmen in Tokyo. At least, that is what was printed. The truth is that Abram, the other half of ラーメンアメリカ人, was the one who made that quote. I hadn't even been here. Hayashimaru quickly moved to the top of my list.


Homemade noodles and homemade wontons are rarely a losing combination.


As expected, this place is great. It's very . . . local. Don't expect a line, or even another customer for that matter. But the mixed wontonmen, with a few pork wontons and a few shrimp wontons, is great. It's Tokyo-style, meaning a niboshi-shoyu soup. Although not technically part of the Tokyo-style definition, most shops like this have wontons. It's always worth the extra yen.


Tokyo, Suginami-ku, Koenjikita 2-22-11
Closest station: Koenji

Open 11:30-15:00, 17:00-21:45
Weekends 11:30-21:00
Closed Wednesdays and some Tuesdays

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