After the failed attempt to find Arakaze the night before, I went home, did some research, and marked up my Tokyo street atlas. No chance of failure this time!
(the sign is from our first foray into the wild depths of Nakano)
Arakaze is a production of Hototogisu in Hatagaya, another winning shop on the West Side. The bar was set high for this one.
The bowls here are all made with beef bones and beef toppings. If it reminds you of the recent best-of shop Matador, that's because it is quite similar. Matador-light if you will.
An excellent bowl, and much closer than far-off Kita Senju, but it doesn't shine quite like the beef at Matador.
There was, apparently, a beef ramen boom a few years back. This might have only been one magazine's attempt at scooping the competition, though. Regardless, it looks like the trend was called well before it hit.
The called-trends for this year have been along the lines of super-thick with massive amounts of meat topping. Expect that in 2013.
Tokyo, Nakano-ku, Arai 5-9-8
Closest station: Araiyakushimai
Open 11:30-14:30, 18:00-21:00
Friday and Saturday 11:30-14:30, 19:00-25:00
Sunday 11:30-100 bowls are served