Ishihara | 支那そば いしはら
Style: Shoyu Wontonmen
Bowl to Crush: Wontonmen Mix | ワンタンメン ミックス
Ishihara is a discrete little hole-in-the-wall shop in Nishi-Ogikubo serving shoyu wontonmen in the old-school Tokyo style. The master trained at Hamadayama's Tantantei, one of Tokyo's most prestigious wontonmen shops. The master does all the cooking solo, while his wife handles the cash and the prep.
Ishihara's soup is light, simple and satisfying – the kind of bowl you could casually crush on a weekly basis. Both pork and shrimp wontons are available. The shrimp wontons are particularly enjoyable – light and slightly sweet. Order the "mixed wonton" option if you'd like to try both. The bowl comes with a small slice of chashu, which has a hint of the tangy sweetness of Chinese cured pork.
The shop also serves various snacks and drinks, and seems to be a hangout of sorts for some locals. An interesting little neighborhood spot.
Opening Hours: 11:30am-3pm, 6pm-10pm
Days Closed: Tuesday
3-22-22 Ogikubo Kita, Suginami-ku Tokyo