RAGE is a cool new shop in the ramen holy land of Ogikubo. Despite the aggressive shop name, the place is spacious, laid back, and run by some chill dudes willing to pump hip-hop music. One guy was wearing a San Antonio Spurs jersey when we walked in, and was able and willing to talk about the NBA. I will definitely be back to talk shop during the NBA season.
RAGE serves up a fantastic niboshi ramen that is loaded with sardines and chopped onions. Rich but easy to slurp, this is the go-to bowl on a first visit and one of the best of its kind in a very niboshi-heavy 2015.
|Niboshi soba with ajitama (850yen)|
In a strong attempt to set itself apart from the countless new chuka soba shops around the city, Rage also serves up a very high quality chicken soup, with shamo dori birds. Originally used as cockfighting game fowl, shamo chicken is now a special delicacy, with a taste that most resembles Red Cornish hens.
|Tokusei shamo dori soba (1050yen)|
It's an excellent idea for a chuka soba, and the extra cuts of shamo chicken are a great addition. The noodles from Mikawaya Seimen, on the other hand, pair well with either bowl.
"Menson" is to pray at the noodle altar, and these guys live what they preach. Also one of the top five new shops of the year in the Ramen Taisho rankings, these are men to watch.
Tokyo, Suginami-ku, Shoan 3-37-22
Closest stn: Nishi-Ogikubo
Open from 11am-3pm and 6-9pm (closed Tuesday and for dinner on weekends)