Monday, November 17, 2014

ちゃっちゃか (Chachaka in Shinjuku)

ちゃっちゃか

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One of the best ramen shops in Tokyo is Nagi in Shinjuku's Golden Gai district. Golden Gai is a sight to behold. Four or five small alleys are home to hundreds tiny bars, and a handful of restaurants. With Nagi commanding long lines at all hours, and holding the crown for years, is there room for another shop?

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Sure, why not. Chachaka serves up three kinds of miso, each kicked up with seafood. You have from left to right and top to bottom, dried fish, shrimp, and crab (and a beer).

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The chef recommended the shrimp.

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A decent bowl, accented with a healthy serving of fresh baby shrimp. It was, though, lacking some kick.

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Good thing they have a homemade spice blend. Take pepper, sansho, and a bunch of secret stuff, and you have exactly what this bowl needs. Use a lot of it.

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And get back to the bars!



東京都新宿区歌舞伎町1-1-8
Tokyo, Shinjuku-ku, Kabukicho 1-1-8
Closest station: Shinjuku

Open 7:00pm-5:00am