Thursday, August 24, 2017

さくら井 (Sakurai in Mitaka)

麺屋 さくら井


Where are we heading this time?


North of Mitaka, into the heart of a residential district. Mitaka lies along Tokyo's Chuo line, a famous route that connects the middle of the city with the not-so-middle. Looking to actually live in a house? Check your budget and then check along the Chuo.


Really? There's a ramen shop down here?


Yes. Yes there is. And a great one at that.


Sakurai just opened in the end of 2016, and the hype has been big around this one. Shoyu, shio, and niboshi on the menu. I gotta go for the shoyu!


Soy sauce from Wakayama Prefecture and Totori Prefecture make up the main blend, with four others balancing out the flavor. I am always impressed when a shop chooses more than a few types of one ingredient. It is usually a sign of excellence, and Sakurai is no exception.


Chicken, pork, and Hokkaido konbu make up the soup. It should also be of note that there is no chemical seasoning in the bowl. All that umami is pure nature.


Official site here.


Tokyo, Musashino-shi, Nishikubo 2-15-27
12 minute walk from Mitaka Station

Open 11:30-14:30, 18:00-21:00
Closed Wednesday