Thursday, November 9, 2017

桑嶋 (Kuwajima in Shimokitazawa)

らーめん 桑嶋


Kuwajima (or Kuwashima, sources differ) has been open since mid 2015 and adds a much needed bowl of excellent ramen to the Shimokitazawa landscape. I say much needed, but with Shimo being at the crossroads of both the Inokoshira Line and Odakyu Line, you could easily venture to dozens of other spots in minutes.


Kuwajima really brings it. Three bowls, all a bit different. If you can forgive their Engrish, the above sums them up perfectly.


The upper left is the creamy toripaitan, and it comes recommended by the shop. Just below that, in blue, is a fishy broth.


My friend, another ramen head from Osaka, went with the fish. Much bolder and in-your-face. That pork topping is killer. If you have an appetite, this is the one to get.


The chicken, on the other hand, is quite light. The side of wasabi is a nice touch, giving some kick to the creamy soup. Very chickeny, if that is a word. If you go with the special, you'll get extra chicken chashu topping, though for me it was a lot of food.


They also stock some counter-top condiments. Sansho pepper and a homemade konbu vinegar.


I should also note that Kuwajima is right next to the newly opened Ushitora beer bar. Apart from serving some excellent Japanese craft beer, they are open at 11:30am, something that is very uncommon in Japan. Grab a beer, slurp a bowl, and grab another beer all before 2pm!


Tokyo, Setagaya-ku, Daita 6-3-26
2 minute walk from Shimokitazawa Station

Open 12:00-14:00, 18:00-24:30
Closed Tuesdays