Monday, July 27, 2015

麺屋 ぬかじ Nukaji: satisfy my soul

While Hearts was away, I went on a ramen journey by myself. In the fashionable ramen battleground of Shibuya, I found a new place apparently run by a nice young married couple.

It's hot like death right now, so I ordered the tsukemen. For women, this looks like a big portion, but the noodles are amazingly silky and stimulating for the appetite.

Tsukemen (850yen)

The soup is thick like a potage. Well-balanced for a gyokai, but this is still a pretty familiar taste if you're used to Tokyo tonkotsu-gyokai style. It's a little too salty and strong for me, so this is probably more of a guys' bowl. I recommend just dipping into the broth a little bit and enjoying the taste and texture of the fine noodles. I'm looking forward to trying their ramen next time.

While the tsukemen might be typical, the shop itself has great atmosphere, with relaxing reggae music and friendly staff. They moved here from Kamimachi, but I bet many of their fans make the pilgrimage from Setagaya. If you get tired of bustling Shibuya, Nukaji will satisfy your soul.

Tokyo, Shibuya-ku, Udagawa-cho 3-12
Open from 11am-9pm (closed Sundays)

Closest stn: Shibuya


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