Shio Ramen Shinka is a place that i found recommended online in Machida, quite close to where I work. I had originally made it out there a little over a month ago with my girlfriend to give it a shot and see if it lived up to it’s high rating. Boy did it ever.
Now, let me preface that I have only had shio ramen maybe twice in my life prior to this and both times, true to it’s name it was quite salty (shio in this case is salt) so it didn’t really sit at the top of my list in terms of ramen flavours. However, the quality places you can find around Japan have a nice light broth that really reminded me a lot of the Polish version of chicken noodle soup which I ate quite frequently in my younger days.
Needless to say I was immediately sold on the soup. It was light and fantastic and not overly strong while still maintaining a lot of depth to explore. The rest of the ingredients just helped to add to the package. Thin slices of meat and green onion were also prepared and topped in a light manner.
Now, for the most interesting part that acts as a beautiful counterbalance to the soup. The entire place had a strong heavy metal feel. Metal was playing when we walked in, the walls were decorated with heavy metal memorabilia and the chef himself, although a bit camera shy had a serious and focused atmosphere to him further being added to by the chains hanging around his neck.
Now, if heavy metal is not your thing and may sound strange to see in a restaurant don’t let it dissuade you, even for one second. The whole experience was fantastic and unique and i highly recommend trying this place out, even if you have to make a bit of a trip from Tokyo.