Menya Hanabi

Restaurants, Ramen Shin-Okubo
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Menya Hanabi

The outside of this ramen-ya is decorated like a box of firecrackers, but the real fireworks take place in the kitchen. Make your selection at the ticket machine and take your place at the brightly-lit L-shaped counter for a bowl of maze-soba (soupless ramen, ¥780) topped with raw egg yolk, a spicy mince of pork and beef, spring onions, matchsticks of nori, powdered dried fish, and chopped raw garlic (set the latter ingredient aside unless you're dating a vampire later). The many custom versions include an additional chashu pork topping, but we found enough meat in the standard version. Stir up the nicely textured wheat noodles to a gloopy mix and eat your fill. The queue attests to the popularity of this branch of a shop that started life in Nagoya; arrive before the opening time of 6pm, or be prepared to stand in line for half an hour.

Meal for two: from around ¥1,600

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Venue name: Menya Hanabi
Contact:
Address: 2-8-16 Okubo, Shinjuku-ku
Tokyo

Opening hours: Tue-Fri 11.30am-2pm, 6pm-9.30pm; Sat-Sun 11am-3pm, 6pm-9pm / closed Mon & the 2nd and 4th Tue of every month
Transport: Higashi-Shinjuku Station (Fukutoshin line); Nishi-Waseda Station (Fukutoshin line), exit 3; Shin-Okubo Station (Yamanote line)
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this place is amazing.  We arrived, as per some of the other comments as soon as we could, likely about 6:15.  This worked out well since the first seating was wrapping things up.  We had a bit of a hard time ordering from the vending machine, but unless unless you don't eat pork, I would suggest rolling with the classic.  It was slamming.  Definitely worth it and the ambiance, of about 10 seats, is sweet and authentic.