After eating at the most popular ramen joint in Tokyo, we still wanted to try other ramen restaurants.
In Shinjuku, there is a branch of Menya Musashi which is named by Frommer’s as one of the Top 6 ramen joints in Tokyo. Musashi, along with Ippudo, is one of the icons of Japanese ramen.
We waited in line (for the ticket machine and seats) along the back wall, which is filled with swords and samurai masks. I’m guessing musashi is some kind of samurai….
Going along with the samurai theme, the staff were very animated and often yelled out Japanese idioms. The chef in charge of the noodles let out two very loud yells as he drained the noodles and put it in the bowl. An interesting ramen experience.
I ordered the tsukemen…. the portion here is larger than other places! lots of chewy noodles and two thick chunks of flavorful tender pork. The soup base is shoyu (soy sauce) and is made with pork and chicken bones and dried fish Unfortunately, the soup is a bit spicy..
The parentals didn’t like the cold noodles with tsukemen ramen, so they opted for the ramen in soup.
FAIM? OUI OUI!!!
Menya Musashi 麺屋武蔵
Shinjuku-ku, Nishi Shinjuku 7-2-6, Tokyo Prefecture, Japan, Tel: +03 3796 4634