Saturday, November 16, 2013

しゃもじ (Shamoji in Hamamatsu)

しゃもじ

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Hamamatsu, located midway between Tokyo and Nagoya, is an interesting city. To quote my 7th grade French teacher, who also taught us international manners, "If you don't have anything good to say about something, say it is interesting."

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Food-wise, ramen is at the bottom of the list of Hamamatsu food. Number one is surely unagi, eel from nearby Lake Hamaman. There are quality shops on every block, as long as you have the money to spend. Number two is gyoza. For some reason the per-capita of pot sticker shops is one of the highest in the nation. From just walking around a bit, I'd say that trendy trattorias are number three. I didn't walk around for long.

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But what about ramen? Well, one of the highest ranked spots on tabelog (Japans answer to Yelp!) was Shamoji. The shop doesn't even register on any of the ramen ranking sites.

Rankings are a relative thing outside of the big cities.

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Despite having some tasty chicken meatballs, this bowl was just another weak shio ramen. Shop signs boasted that it is all local chicken, but the only time I get excited about toppings is when they accentuate an awesome bowl. A boring bowl with some tasty つくね? Put that stuff on a skewer for the yakitori shop down the road from me!

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静岡県浜松市中区神明町218-16
Shizuoka-ken, Hamamatsu-shi, Naka-ku. Shinmeicho 218-16
Closest station: Hamamatsu

Open 18:00-28:00