Monday, December 7, 2015

桜花 (Oka in Shinjuku)



I am always on the hunt for great vegan ramen. So when I heard that a new shop was serving up a vegan bowl, I went for it. I'll be honest, of the five or six places in Tokyo that serve a real vegan bowl of ramen, only two are good; Soranoiro and here at Oka. The other shops are downright awful.


I was very happy with this one. The soup is a light tomato broth, topped with colorful, crisp vegetables.


Notice that strange looking bowl? Well, when your noodles are gone, you are given a small bowl of rice, and can pour some soup in.


The shop even has the Halal stamp of approval for their meat dishes, making this an extremely accessible shop for travelers.


Speaking of meat, their normal bowl is outstanding. The soup is made with red snapper and tomato, topped with a yuzu citrus foam, and served with crispy fried chicken on the side. I ate this bowl as part of a TV shoot recently. Check it out here:


If you aren't a vegan, go for that one, as the fish really adds a lot of depth to the flavor profile.

Oka is a new shop, and is already a hit with the foreign community.


Map of 1 Chome-11-7 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tōkyō-to 160-0022, Japan

Tokyo, Shinjuku-ku, Shinjuku 1-11-7
Closest station: Shinjuku-Gyoenmae

Open 11:30-15:00, 18:00-21:00
Closed Mondays

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