Tuesday, December 17, 2013

麺処 花田 - Hanada, Ikebukuro

味噌ラーメン - Miso Ramen

    Anytime is a good time to get stuck into some miso ramen, but, let's face it, the winter is always the best and manages to keep you warm on even the coldest of days. So, on this not-so-cold day, it was off to Ikebukuro to join the line outside one of the more popular shops in the neighbourhood.
   Hanada appears to be a pretty well-oiled operation with 4 or 5 people behind the counter with each at their own station all helping to keep the line outside moving along. It has a very rough-around-the-edges feel and appearance isn't the highest priority and feels a little like sitting in a basement. But I hope they aren't thinking of getting rid of the dank.

    The ramen is a very thick, creamy style tonkotsu-miso and does exactly as you'd hope it would. 

   I was there a while ago and don't remember a lot else about it aside from the thick noodles and chashu.

    I wasn't there very long either, as you can imagine.

   A great bowl and definitely worth the visit if you're in the area. While you're lining up you can check the biggest pile of bean sprouts I've ever seen. I'm sure they go through a lot.