today I wanted to get Tsukemen, as I was in the Shibuya area (a part of town I've been to maybe 2-3 times within the last year) I decided to go to Hayashi but the line was too long. Quickly I realized that I heard a lot of people rave about warito, which is somewhere near that massive highway spiral they build in the West of Shibuya (or is it north of Meguro?).
So, thanks to "the google" I found my way. I was the only foreigner, there was nothing english in the shop and instead of being asked "english menu?" I got a "nihongo daijoubu?". Good sign. So I got their Warito Tsukemen.
The shop is quite pleasant, new, big (13-14 seats at the counter) and other then me it was mostly young guys bringing their dates. People were astoundingly pretty (Second good sign!) and it seems to be indeed an inn-spot.
The food was good, very close in taste to Nidaime Tsujita. In fact I am not sure if I could differentiate between Tsujita and Warito in a blind test. They also stole the yakishi idea from Tetsu.
What was astounding is how pleasant and generally great the boss was. I had the feeling he owned the place, but I just double checked to confirm (He does.). This guy would come over several times and ask if everything was okay, if I wanted to have my Yakishi or if there was anything else he could do. All that in a genuinely nice, very non-invasive way. So that was a real nice experience, and exceptionally good service even for tokyo standards.
So go there ;-)
麺屋 和利道 warito
Closest station is 池尻大橋駅, or alternatively a 10-15 walk from Shibuya. Open for lunch only. Closed weds. Tsukemen costs around 1000-1200.
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