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RAMEN | 麺や 蓮と凜 (Menya ren-rin)

One of the up and coming dandan joints in Osaka. Comes in a typical format found in the city: nice and cosy 8-10 seaters tuck in a semi-residential neighbourhood with manageable queues and friendly services. Established in 2015 by Nakashi-san … Continue reading

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RAMEN | 175° DENO 担担麺

Established in 2013, a rare breed being dandan-men originated from Sapporo, the brand somehow managed to bring out quite a different offering resembling more of those from a soup curry joint, another renowned spicy option from this Hokkaido city. Said … Continue reading

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TEMPURA | てんぷら 深町 (Fukamachi)

Pilgrimage to Fukamachi-san’s (深町正男) joint on a Friday evening yet an ultra early seating at 5 pm. As the ultimate old guard of the ‘Yamanoue stream’, which LG is a big fan, not to mention all the hype with its … Continue reading

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CURRY | ボンディ(Bondy)

When a certain district in Tokyo actually has its own annual ‘Curry Grand Prix’, you know they mean business. Historically famous for its old book stores, coffee shops and small eateries are natural add-ons to Kanda and Jinbocho, hence the … Continue reading

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RAMEN | 博多担々麺 とり田 (Hakata Danden-men Toriden)

Catching on the national Dandan-men rave, it is interesting to see that the home of Tonkotsu ramen doesn’t really feature a pork bone broth dandan, but rather one based on another Hakata favorite, the equally popular Mizutaki, the clear chicken … Continue reading

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CURRY | グリルスイス (Grill Swiss)

Pilgrimage to this Ginza Yoshoku joint, home of the famous ‘katsu curry’ (pork cutlet with curry) dish. It was said to be created by the suggestion from famous baseball player Chiba-san (千葉茂) of the Giants, who would always come for … Continue reading

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RAMEN | 中華ソバ 伊吹 (Chukasoba Ibuki)

Visiting the reigning Niboshi king for a weekday lunch at a slightly off center location and luckily managed to squeeze in within an hour before they sold out. Yet another case of self-made expert, said to have visited more than … Continue reading

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