Some friends of friends were in town, and they wanted a proper food crawl. Shimokitazawa is one of the best places in Tokyo for this kind of adventure.
Mojito bar, yakitori, craft beer, ramen, sushi and sake, nerdy coffee. Shimo can be a lot of fun.
Kotetsu was on my list after it was featured in a few of the annual Tokyo ramen magazines. A very normal bowl, in a normal shop. But normal means quality in my world.
My friend is Kaerhart, a musician from LA and NYC who is posed to kill it in the near future.
Looking forward to the album drop.
Go for the special. At just 850 yen, it's a steal!
Shimo has a few quality shops that I would rank equally. Salt, and nearby Basanova all come to mind. This part of town is getting more and more popular with travelers, and though some see this as a bad thing, others welcome the business opportunities. Regardless, anyone with more than a day or two in Tokyo should hang here for a little to see for themselves.
Tokyo, Setatgaya-ku, Kitazawa 2-39-13
Closest station: Shimokitazawa
Open 11:30-15:00, 17:00-22:30