Hayashimaru | 麺屋はやしまる
Style: Shoyu & Shio Wontonmen
Bowl to Crush: Mix Wontonmen (shoyu) | ミックスわんたんめん ( 醤油 )
Down a tiny side street in the colorful neighborhood of Koenji, Hayashimaru serves quite possibly the best wontonmen in Japan. With its rustic wooden exterior, glass-plated doors and long wrap-around counter, the shop has a homey, old school Tokyo atmosphere. Customers range from school kids to salarymen to housewives to grandparents – this is the kind of shop everyone adores.
Hayashimaru’s master apprenticed at Tantantei, the wontonmen institution in Hamadayama that continues to spawn pedigreed wonton pros.
Naturally, Hayashimaru’s wontons are world-class — exquisitely packaged, juicy and flavorful. But what really elevates this shop to an elite level is its take on the ramen fundamentals: soup and noodles. Prepared for an especially light flour, the house-made noodles are straight and medium-thick, served slightly on the chewy side with a very pleasant texture. Offering up niboshi-based shoyu and shio soups, these bowls are sweet, simple and delicious. Nothing extravagant, but deeply comforting. You will leave Hayashimaru satisfied every time.
Opening Hours: Mon, Thu & Fri: 11am-3:30pm, 6pm-10:30pm; Tue: 11:30am-4pm; Sat, Sun, Holidays: 11:30am-9pm
Days Closed: Wednesday
2-22-11 Koenji, Suginami-ku, Tokyo