Thursday, March 23, 2017

武蔵家 (Musashiya in Kichijoji)



Musashiya, in the city of Musashi, adds that famous 家, a character meaning house, to let everyone know that they are serving ie-kei, Yokohama-style ramen. As if the smell wasn't enough.


They are known for their shio ramen, made with あご, dried flying fish. If you thought all shio ramen was light and simple, you'd be proven wrong here.


As with any Yokohama-style, plenty of garlic, ginger, and other condiments for you to kick up your bowl.


And with all Yokohama-style bowls, choose your level of flavor, amount of oil, and firmness of noodles. Futsu if it is your first time. Futsu means normal.


My friend was here with her parents, a Malaysian family, and dad said that the all-you-can-eat rice option would never work anywhere else. Families would sit down and never leave. It's only 50 yen, about 40 cents, for as many refills as you like.


The bowl here is very normal in the realm of ie-kei. I could finish, which puts it in the top 10% for my personal taste. Not saying much, except that I'm a guy who doesn't go for these heavier soups as my bowl of choice.

Regardless, you can get a mini bowl for only 550 yen, and beautiful Inokashira Park is just a minute away. You'll find a few tourists here for those reasons, but nothing crazy like Harajuku or Akihabara, which are packed with travelers these days.

By the way, for someone looking for a bit of niceness in Tokyo, stroll east from Inokashira Park along the river. You can walk for hours, and it is a little hidden gem of an outing.


Official site here.


Map of 1 Chome-8-11 Kichijōji Minamichō, Musashino-shi, Tōkyō-to 180-0003
Tokyo, Musashino-shi, Kichijoji Nancho 1-8-11
Closest station: Kichijoji

Open 11:00-1:30am
Sundays 11:00-12:30am