Wednesday, May 1, 2013

麺屋はなび (Hanabi in Nagoya)

麺屋はなび

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Hanabi, in the outskirts of Nagoya, came highly recommended.

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I say outskirts, but to be honest, I know almost nothing about Nagoya. What is famous here? What are the people like? Why is this city Japan's 3rd largest? I do know, though, that Nagoya gets a bad rap. My coworkers joked that in a national ranking of beautiful women, Nagoya comes in dead last.

Ouch.

Despite often muttered shots like this, Nagoya does have one thing going for it, at least. Taiwan Ramen.

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Shoyu ramen with a kick. A kick of spice and a kick of vinegar. Hanabi's menu has it, somewhere on that giant page. Yeah, this shop is a repeater. Too bad I was just there for one night. What to get?

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When the noodle master has on a mazemen t-shirt, you order the mazemen. Taiwan mazemen.

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Like I said, I can't attest to the beauties of my human species, but this bowl is definitely gorgeous.

Maze maze it up!

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Delicious. This ranks up with Junk Garage as one of the best maze style bowls in Japan. If you find yourself with a couple free hours in Nagoya, do yourself a favor.

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The downside? Yeah, there is one.

A 10 minute train ride from Nagoya station. A 9 minute walk from the station. And then the line. Over 50 people were waiting on a Saturday night.

I had just finished doing about eight hours of cardio workout level kid's shows (my non-ramen job!), and wanted nothing more than a bath, a beer, and bed at the hotel. An hour and a half standing in the cold was unpleasant to say the least. Downright torture if I feel like over-exaggeration of this story. Followed by a 2500 yen taxi back to the hotel.

So was it worth it? Yeah, it kind of was.

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愛知県名古屋市中川区高畑1-170
Aichi-ken, Nagoya-shi, Nakagawa-ku, Takahata 1-170
Closest station: Arako

Open 11:30-14:00, 18:00-21:15
Closed Monday and some Tuesdays