In this area, there are a lot of delicious ramen shops. To be honest, I don’t think I ever would’ve walked into it under normal circumstances. I tend to really enjoy heavy ramen and I never had a bowl of tantanmen in Japan that left me completely satisfied. However, an old friend was visiting me from Canada, so I let him take the lead with the restaurants for the night. I am glad I did because this shop far surpassed my expectations. The quality of the noodles was fantastic and I became a bit of a tantanmen convert after eating here.
The one thing I noticed about this shop is that it is classy. Ramen is a working-class type of food and most shops reflect that with very humble interiors and countertops that appear to be well used. This shop was really different. The interior inside was all black and the interior design was immaculate. Immediately, I thought about this shop and how much the noodles would cost back home in America.
Thankfully, we were in the middle of Sakuragicho in Yokohama, so the price of the noodles was very reasonable. Even with a side dish of boiled dumplings, and a large bowl of tantanmen the bill was still under 2000 yen. My friend ordered the special seafood ramen and it looked pretty good too.
It was interesting to see that at the end of the meal, there was a small survey the shop staff put out for customers. The last question was how much do you think this bowl of ramen is worth paying for? My friend wrote that this bowl of ramen was priceless and worth paying a lot more than it was charged. His words really rang true, the quality of the ramen was way above anything that I’ve had back home. I easily would’ve paid double the price to eat at a shop like this back in San Francisco.
If you’re in Yokohama, you’re definitely doing yourself a disservice by not stopping by this shop. If you have a date with you or family members, I would recommend visiting this shop. It has a more refined atmosphere than most other ramen shops and you can enjoy your meal leisurely without feeling rushed.