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Oreryu Shio Ramen, Kagurazaka, Tokyo

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I’ve walked by this joint a dozen times, usually going to eat at other restaurants in Kagurazaka. However, Oreryu’s recently started to get some serious buzz, so I had to drop in see, smell and savor it for myself.

All the hype has been mainly over one specific bowl they serve, their “Jukusei Shio Ramen”, or age shio ramen, so I went in knowing that’s what I’d be eating…

All the buttons on their ticket machine have pictures and English translations, so non-Japanese speakers need not worry. And priced at only about seven bucks, one bowl won’t set you back too badly…

There are a few tables inside the place, but I always prefer the ambiance of the counter, piled high with bowls here…

The variety of toppings you get once you sit down are one of the other reasons Oreryu’s become buzzed about, as they’re all homemade. Like their yuzukosho, umeboshi paste and spicy garlic paste…

As well as their “rayu” chili oil, dried nori and konbu seaweeds…

You can put as much as you like of any or all them in your ramen once it arrives…

I always tend to go for mine “as is”… (Except at Tenkaipin!)

The broth here at Oreryu is made with shio (salt) and chicken bones, but it’s not necessarily “paitan”, which is usually much thicker, like tonkotsu. This is a lighter, milky broth with an increased saltiness, obviously. It’s much less fatty, which is where a lot of the positive press has been coming from. “Similarly flavored soup, half the fat.”

Oreryu serves theirs traditionally with menma, scallions and roast pork. They also add in some greens.

While it was a little light when compared to how I usually like my bowls, that didn’t stop me from ordering “kaidama”, or another handful of noodles to toss in the extra soup…

We also got an order of their “karaage”, or Japanese fried chicken, which was excellent and went so well with several of their toppings, like the chili oil and yuzukosho…

And you can’t not order gyoza, which were also wonderful…

While I like my ramen soups to be a little thicker and meatier, if you prefer a less artery-clogging experience with just a much flavor, go see this man!

ORERYU SHIO RAMEN

2-11 Kagurazaka

Shinjuku, Tokyo

Japan

+81-3-3266-1050

Filed under Tokyo Japan Kagurazaka shio salt chicken paitan ramen noodles karaage fried chicken gyoza tsukemen

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Riccio Mania, Tokyo (For The Uni Obsessed)

Having heard all kinds of hype about this Tokyo hot spot, we dropped by Riccio Mania Kitchen for lunch on our last trip to Japan…

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Located inside Tokyo Station, RMK is a small Italian cafe that’s getting all kinds of buzz for specializing in sea urchin-based pasta dishes, like this one, spaghetti with sea urchin sauce and kegani, or hairy crab…

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But most of their press comes from the fact that you can order your plate of sea urchin pasta with… a side of sea urchin!

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An extra tray of sea urchin, also known as “uni”, can be added to any dish for only 1000 yen, or about $10.00!

Granted, you aren’t getting Bafun uni straight off the truck from Hokkiado, but it’s decent enough uni for the price. The pasta ain’t bad either and you get stuffed with sea urchin for about twenty bucks all in.

Then later in our trip, we learned that they’d just opened a second location, Riccio Mania Market, in Coredo Muromachi 2 in nearby Nihonbashi…

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While there’s no pasta on the menu at this location, they’ve have taken to adding uni to all kinds of other dishes, like fried rice, dim sum and…

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The Uni Burger!!

Yes, that’s a pork & beef blend burger topped with about ten tongues of tantalizing sea urchin…

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And what’s more, their “special sauce”, slathered on both sides of the bun, is also made from uni!!

The cost of this surf & turf treasure? 550 yen, or about $5.50!!

Plus, for an extra 300 yen you can get a side of thick cut fries with an uni dipping sauce…

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I have to say, I was super skeptical before biting into this bad boy… but it works!! I think adding pork to the patty was a good move as it softens the taste of the beef and gives the burger a better texture that perfectly complements the sea urchin. However, it’s the inclusion of the uni sauce, which I believe is also made with a light miso, that really adds some umami to the overall experience!

Whatever you’re in the mood to have uni on when you’re in Tokyo, Riccio Mania’s got you covered!

Both addresses below…

1. RICCIO MANIA KITCHEN

Inside Tokyo Station’s Kitchen Street

Yaesu North Entrance

1-9-1 Marunouchi

Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

+81-3-6212-6224

2. RICCIO MANIA MARKET

12-3-1 Nihonbashi

Coredo Muromachi 2, B1F

Chuo-ku, Tokyo

+81-3-3505-0298

market.riccio-mania.com

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New from MOS Burger in Japan… the Spicy Chicken Curry “Dog”!
A thin, spiced chicken patty on a naan “bun”, with topped with a hot Indian curry highlighting cardamom and fenugreek!
This will set you back about three bucks.
MOS is also offering glasses of cold lasi on their menu now to help wash down the heat.
Image via mos.co.jp

New from MOS Burger in Japan… the Spicy Chicken Curry “Dog”!

A thin, spiced chicken patty on a naan “bun”, with topped with a hot Indian curry highlighting cardamom and fenugreek!

This will set you back about three bucks.

MOS is also offering glasses of cold lasi on their menu now to help wash down the heat.

Image via mos.co.jp

Filed under Japan fast food MOS burger naan chicken curry hot dog

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Chef Sono at Kyo Ya is like an Italian grandmother, always wanting to feed you. I’d just finished dinner at another restaurant on his block and popped in to simply say hello on my way home. I told him I was stuffed but he insisted I sit down and try some of the new otoro he’d just gotten in and butchered. How could I continue protesting after this was placed in front of me?!

Chef Sono at Kyo Ya is like an Italian grandmother, always wanting to feed you. I’d just finished dinner at another restaurant on his block and popped in to simply say hello on my way home. I told him I was stuffed but he insisted I sit down and try some of the new otoro he’d just gotten in and butchered. How could I continue protesting after this was placed in front of me?!

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