My last two posts were about rāmen, I didn’t want to make another ramen post for a while… but I happened upon a rāmen joint that just opened in my neighborhood 3 weeks ago — and let me tell you! This place is no joke!
The name of the shop is JIRAIGEN.
(地雷原 in Japanese, and here is the map!)
The name means “minefield” – as in this shit’s gonna be a flavor explosion all up in your mouth.
When I saw the name, I immediately made the connection with one of my all time favorite rāmen joints, BASA NOVA. Just like Basa Nova, it had groovy hip hop music playing… actually it had a really good vibe. The interior was casual but clean and funky – like the music. The staff was extremely friendly and seemed really serious about their work. I instantly knew this place HAD to be good.
We went in and tried their Garyu Umami Soba Rāmen.
All I have to say is this is one of the best shōyu rāmen I’ve ever had. Take a look at the pictures and take a look at that beautiful soup, those perfectly boiled thin noodles, and those succulent grilled slices of chāshū!! Let the pictures do the talking — then go and taste for yourself. I guarantee you’ll love it!!