In the hierarchy of Tokyo ramen shops, Kai may not offer the most mind-blowing flavours, but that's kind of the point: the owner is trying to create simple, unfussy noodles that you could actually eat every day. The most popular option is the tsukemen (¥730), made with a soy-flavoured seafood broth that complements the thick, chewy housemade noodles perfectly. Then again, the chuka soba (¥650) is also a winning option: made with the same fishy soup and topped with chashu pork slices, chopped scallions, menma, nori seaweed and an ajitama egg, it's the kind of old-school comfort food that keeps customers coming back time and time again.
2-27-1 Kugayama, Suginami-ku
|Opening hours:||11.30am-3pm, 6pm-12midnight (Sat, Sun & hols until 10.30pm) / closed Tue, 4th Mon of every month|
|Transport:||Kugayama Station (Keio Inokashira line)|