Monday, November 9, 2015

らいふ (Life in Nagaoka, Niigata)

らいふ

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My work takes me up to Niigata a couple times a year, and I always use the opportunity to try some great bowls. Unfortunately, Niigata is vast, and the use of a personal car to get around to the best ramen shops is a must. Fortunately, I have a friend who lives up there, and he was happy to take me out for a quick bowl.

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Life has three main items; a rich tonkotsu gyokai bowl, a light style made with chicken and fish, and a heavier version of the light style. I'm a huge tonkotsu gyokai fan, so I went with the upper left on the ticket machine, plus an egg.

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Your typical awesome bowl. This style, when done right, is so good. Bits of dried fish stick to every slurp, and the taste is powerful but not overpowering.

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The toppings, slow cooked chashu and a great egg, were what put this one onto my recommended list.

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The other charm is that this is, in every way, a countryside ramen shop. There is seating for the whole family, cute toys scattered around the place, and a very lived-in vibe.

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The autographs caught my eye. El Dorado? Is it the same El Dorado that I know and love? The home base of the Jiraigen Syndicate, the guys behind Saikoro?

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You bet! Small world this ramen universe is.

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Map of 4 Chome-7-12 Niibo, Nagaoka-shi, Niigata-ken 940-0875

新潟県長岡市新保4-7-12
Niigata-ken, Nagaoka-shi, Niibo 4-7-12
Closest station: Kita-Nagaoka

Open 11:00-14:30, 17:30-21:00
Sundays 11:00-15:00, 17:00-21:00
Closed Wednesdays