A tiny joint found far out in Itabashi, Hajime's nine seats are practically always filled with noodle-lovers appreciative of the outstanding shio ramen (¥750), served in a golden yellow, chicken-based soup spiced up with seafood and combined with thin straight noodles from Mikawaya Seimen, the famed Higashi-Kurume manufacturer. Although the delicious chicken fat tends to rise to the surface of the soup, this is no greasy nightmare: in fact, friends of crisp salt concoctions are in for a treat. Take note of the toppings, too: fatty, aromatic chashu, chicken meatballs, leek and bamboo shoots make for a fresh mix. Those already familiar with the main offering might want to explore alternatives like shoyu ramen (¥750) and shio tsukemen (¥800).
|Venue name:||Ramen Hajime|
2-16-11 Sakashita, Itabashi-ku
|Opening hours:||Tue-Fri 11.30am-2.30pm, 6pm-9.30pm; Sat, Sun & hols 11.30am-2.30pm, 6pm-8.30pm / closed Mon|
|Transport:||Hasune Station (Mita line)|