It's no secret that Saikoro in Nakano is one of my favorite ramen shops.
In the ramen world, my young men will work at a ramen shop for a few years before going off to open their own. This is common practice, and the bonds made while working under a ramen master are often taken full advantage of. A support network is built.
Ru uses a lot of the same niboshi that Saikoro uses, though the flavor is all their own. A bit lighter, but still with that awesome fishy punch that everyone loves.
Notice how the naturo has the little swirl in the middle? I was told recently, by none other than the owner of Saikoro, that it should face the customer and look like the の Japanese symbol. の is the possessive, meaning that it is now your bowl. Look for it next time you slurp.
Located about 30 seconds from the station, this shop puts Jujo on the ramen map.
Tokyo, Kita-ku, Kitajujo 1-13-2
Closest station: Jujo