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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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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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The Marshal, NYC

I love finding and sharing little neighborhood gems like this joint… The Marshal in Hell’s Kitchen!

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We stumbled upon it walking back from Pony Bar on 10th Avenue one afternoon. The menu looked fantastic and we vowed to come back. And we did. The next day!

The Marshal is a small restaurant, maybe seating around 20 people, that focuses on New York ingredients and cuisine, with most dishes cooked in a wood-fired brick oven. We loved every bite! Here’s a look…

Started with a delicious, peppery Bloody Mary…

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Their smoked chicken and duck bacon hash was out of this world!

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Topped with two poached eggs and served with Berkshire bacon, this was one of my favorite breakfast dishes in recent memory…

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The Maine lobster and bacon fritatta with fresh herbs and New York cheddar was another winner…

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And then there was this masterpiece, their take on a Cuban sandwich…

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Made with Arcadian Pastures pork shoulder that was roasted to perfection, topped with NY white cheddar, sweet pickles and local white cabbage, served with duck fat potato chips…

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A sandwich stacked like this is definitely not for the faint of heart…

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I’m shocked that more has not been written about The Marshal and that their food is not the talk of the town yet. But that suits me just fine for now as I can stroll over and still get a seat at this West Side eatery and enjoy a fantastic meal without too much hassle… for now.

THE MARSHAL

628 Tenth Ave.

Between 44th & 45th

New York, NY, 10036

212-582-6300

http://www.the-marshal.com/

Filed under NYC Manhattan Hell's Kitchen Bloody Mary eggs omelette fritatta brunch Cubano chicken duck hash potato chips

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Werewolf American Pub, San Diego

I’d been hearing good things about the Werewolf even before I came out to San Diego for Comic Con this year…

I decided to check the joint out for myself for a lunch meeting yesterday and we were pleasantly surprised by the food and the atmosphere. The staff was totally embraced the Comic Con spirit and were dressed in costumes, from Ghostbusters, to Adventure Time to Frozen. A life-sized R2D2 greeted you at the hostess station as you entered, unfortunately blocked in the pic above. Rather than look down on con goers like some local establishments here do, Werewolf welcomed us with open arms.

And the food was just wonderful! We started with their grilled garlic ginger wings, which I fell in love with. Smoky, sweet and spicy, I would eat these every day if I could…

I had their con special which was the Full Boar burger…

A 1/3 lb. patty of 100% wild boar with jack cheese, jalapeno blackberry compote, crispy onions, greens and a roasted garlic aioli!

My colleague ordered the Belly Cubano…

Pork belly glazed in maple syrup and citrus, pressed with Swiss cheese, whole grain mustard and habanero dill pickles…

Both sandwiches were delectable!

If you’re looking for a fun place with friendly folks and fantastic food just a short walk up from the San Diego convention center, I highly recommend you check out the Werewolf!

WEREWOLF

627 4th Ave.

San Diego, CA

619-234-0094

http://www.thewerewolf.net

Filed under San Diego CA SDCC Comic Con burger cheeseburger chicken wings pork belly Cubano

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Mikkeller Bar, San Francisco

The Mikkeller Bar here in San Francisco is always one of the first places I hit when I visit. And look, they got a spiffy new sign…

While their beer selection is tremendous, it really is their sausage I come for, all made in-house by Chef Mike O’Brien. Bar none the best sausage I’ve had outside of NYC. Today, I was thrilled to find chicken and fennel back on the menu…

Made with chicken thighs, the sausage has a wonderful texture and consistency and stays incredibly juicy…

I was also pleased to learn that Mike will soon be launching Mikkeller Sausage Co. to supply restaurants and home cooks around the Bay Area with his incredible encased meats!

And of course, I couldn’t go to Mikkeller and not have a beer…

A Hottenroth Berliner Weisse from The Bruery, in this case!

The perfect pick-me-up after my long flight!

MIKKELLER BAR

34 Mason St.

San Francisco, CA 94102

415-984-0279

http://www.mikkellerbar.com/

Filed under San Francisco CA Mikkeller craft beer beer bar chicken sausage

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Ganchan, Tokyo

Sometimes the best meals are the unexpected ones. And our impromptu visit to Ganchan in Roppongi was an outstanding one!

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As soon as I book plane tickets to Japan, I also book restaurants, making reservations at all the places I want to eat at. However, I always leave a few afternoons and evenings open to spontaneity; to talk to people and find out where they’re eating and what new places they’re enjoying. Worked out pretty damn well on my "Ask A Stranger" Ramen Tour a few years back!

And that’s how we ended up at Ganchan.

Our flight landed late, we got to the hotel around 8pm, checked in, unpacked, showered and found out stomachs grumbling. So we went down to the concierge to ask what was close and open. After recommending a few high-end Roppongi Hills eateries, we told her we wanted down and dirty, more simple Japanese food. That’s when she brought up Ganchan… a name I had heard before. I remembered my friend Shibata-san, owner of Yopparai and Azasu in NYC, once recommended the place. He used to eat and drink there! Sold. So she called, and they had a few counter seats opening up, and we went.

As Ganchan was only a few blocks away from our hotel, we got their before the diners occupying our seats had paid their bill. But the friendly staff gave us a couple free beers while we waited…

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Ganchan is a small place, a comfortable hole-in-the-wall, if you will, specializing in “yakitori”, or grilled chicken. This is where they cook your meal…

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We only got a few sips of beer down before we were told they were ready for us…

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Fresh vegetables with salt & miso for dipping came out right away…

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Followed by an amuse bouche of “saba no miso”, a type of fish braised in miso…

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The first thing we ordered that hit the table was mozuku seaweed…

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Maybe the longest mozuku I’ve ever seen…

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Then the chicken started hitting the table! Here we go…

Chicken heart…

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Seseri, or chicken neck…

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My new favorite part of the chicken, bonbonji, which is my beloved bonjiri (chicken butt) with the cartilage still attached!

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The most amazing grilled chicken wings…

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A little refreshment…

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Before moving into the chef’s sake recommendations…

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They don’t mess around with the pours here either!

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I needed a second overflow cup to catch the spill from my initial overflow cup…

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Ginnan, or ginkgo nuts…

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Tsukune, or chicken meatball…

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Nankotsu, or chicken cartilage…

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Chicken gizzard…

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One of the things Ganchan does that I have not seen at other yakitori places is use not just direct heat, but also indirect heat…

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They let the grilled chicken rest and smoke on a second level they built on their grill, imparting added moisture and flavor…

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Then, as we ordered more sake to help us get over jetlag….

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…we noticed there was a list of special, limited chicken parts on the back of the menu! We quickly ordered whatever they had left…

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Like seigimo, a special part of the liver…

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Uchimomo, a smaller cut from the thigh…

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Chicken tendon…

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And saezuri, another part of the neck with some of the throat attached…

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Then some final favorites, more seseri and bonbonji…

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And another order of uchimomo…

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Some house made tofu to make up for the lack of vegetables…

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We ended our meal with a final pour of sake from the chef “to help you sleep”…

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These are three people you MUST go and see when you’re in Tokyo!

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Ganchan offers an English menu and is open until 2am!

We could not have asked for a better start to our trip! This was a truly wonderful meal, some of the best yakitori I have ever had anywhere in Japan, served by a fun-loving staff who take pride in their food and sake, and are happy to share the evening with you!

GANCHAN

6-8-23 Roppongi

Minato, Tokyo 106-0032

Japan

+81-3-3478-0092

Filed under Tokyo Japan Gancahn yakitori chicken sake beer

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The Halal Guys, NYC

Headed out for a late lunch today and noticed there were only four people in line at The Halal Guys on 6th Ave. So I of course got on it…

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For those unfamiliar with The Halal Guys, they’re one of NYC’s most iconic and delicious food carts. Everyone from Bourdain to Zimmern to Zagat raves about them. Google them. They’re lines are notoriously long. I just got lucky with my timing, I guess…

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The cart on 53rd and 6th is their flagship and most popular, so you know.

There are lots of impostors though, so you need to look for the yellow bags…

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Their menu is very limited, mainly chicken and/or gyro over rice, served with pita smothered in as much white sauce and hot sauce as you like. But as Wolverine would say, they’re the best they are at what they do!

You can’t beat a lunch (or dinner) like this for six bucks…

I was recently on a plane watching an old ep of “How I Met Your Mother” where the gang was listing things you had to have done to be considered a real New Yorker. “Eat at Halal Guys” should definitely have been on it!!

Filed under NYC Manhattan midtown halal Halal Guys gyro chicken rice sauce