Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Snapshot: Hidakaya Asakusabashi

Want reliable cheap food in Japan? Hidaka-ya is a budget delight peppered all over Tokyo in convenient locations.

We discovered this chain on arrival in Asakusa, it was freezing and we'd spent a day in transit from Australia so the brightly lit signs and packed dining house seemed like a good sign. 

Spicy minced pork ramen 490Y

The ramen here is cheap, not great but warm and decent quality. There's plenty of spices and oils to mix to your delight. 

Tantanmen 580Y

They have a Tantanmen, the broth is a little thin on collagen but it makes up for it with great chilli sesame flavour, chewy noodles and fresh vegetables. 

Gyoza 200Y for 6 or 300Y for 12

The gyoza here are the real winner though, the first trip to a Hidaka-ya we got them in a ramen set for the steal of 600Y a meal for noodles and dumplings but on their own they make a great cheap snack. They're not too oily, have a light thin wrapper and a mild pork and cabbage filling. 

Kirin Ichiban Shibori Beer 300Y

Hidakaya became easier to find than public smoking areas while site seeing and so it became our default pitstop. At 900Y (around $10USD) for 2 beers, 12 dumplings and a warm place to sit and smoke? Just perfect on a cold Winter vacation. Not a smoker? No worries they have smoke free areas and all their shops are smoke free before 5pm.


Ramen and pan Asian comfort food chain
Cheap and cheerful!

1-13-4 Yanagibashi Taito
Tokyo 111-0052 Japan‎
+81 3-5835-1531

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