After not having ramen for two months, I had my second bowl in as many days on Monday. I had heard about a shop in Ginza called Ginza Kagari. I noticed that there was a branch shop in Kawasaki’s Lazona shopping mall, so I decided to check it out.
According to Ramen Database, there were “many” seats, so I suspected this shop was in a food court. I was right. It’s next to two other well-known shops, Ebi Soba Ichiban and Menya Shouno. The whole place was noisy and crowded – not the kind of atmosphere to enjoy a bowl of ramen in!
I ordered a regular sized tori niboshi soba. It was topped with one slice each of pork and beef, menma, nori, daikon sprouts, green onions, and something I’d never seen in ramen, baby corn. The toppings were unique and delicious. There were the highlight of this ramen.
This ramen had a chicken and fish broth with a shoyu base. Chicken dominated the flavour of the soup, with the fish barely being evident until I had finished and noticed a slight fishy aftertaste. It also had quite a light texture and was a little bland for my liking. It wasn’t bad, it just didn’t have any impact on me.
The portion of noodles was very generous. They were thin, square, and just a bit firm. You can also order omori (extra noodles). I imagine that would be a huge portion.
As I mentioned above, the toppings were the best thing about this ramen. The baby corn was unique, and the daikon sprouts gave it a slight bitterness, which was interesting. But both the pork and the beef were excellent. The pork just melted in my mouth, and the beef was nice and tender. Combined with the chicken and fish broth, the animal kingdom was represented well in this bowl of ramen.
I had heard and read about Ginza Kagari, so my expectations were high. Unfortunately, this bowl didn’t live up to those expectations. It wasn’t bad, but the soup was a bit plain so it’s not worth going out of your way for. The main shop in Ginza might be better.
After finishing, we noticed a sign saying this shop would close permanently on August 28th. I guess there was too much competition with their neighbours.
Location: Lazona Kawasaki in the “Dining Selection” food court
Seating: Plenty of seating available
Price: ¥850 – nami/regular; ¥950 – omori/large