Sunday, May 20, 2012

嵐風 (Arakaze in Nakano)

牛薫る麺処 嵐風

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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!

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(the sign is from our first foray into the wild depths of Nakano)

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Arakaze is a production of Hototogisu in Hatagaya, another winning shop on the West Side. The bar was set high for this one.

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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.

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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.

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東京都中野区新井5-9-8
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