I'm almost positive Haruki Marukami numbers among our ranks. Almost all his male characters eat up a storm. The women don't eat or cook as much. They mostly drink coffee or liquor and smoke cigarettes. The male characters often cook too - mostly Western food. They boil spaghetti and whip up omelettes and toss salads and assemble sandwiches. They eat at french restaurants and they also eat japanese fast food like curry and eel over rice. However, I do not believe any Murakami character has ever eaten a bowl of ramen. Am I wrong? Feel free to correct me. If a Murakami character has eaten a bowl of ramen then I will consider actually eating a bowl of ramen as well.
Anyhows, when others get ramen attacks, you have to go along for the ride. Like this Sunday at like 9pm when Santouka is closed and Ramenya is close to closing. So, Chabuya it was. After parking, I was struck by how nice it is to see people lined up in a row eating. I'll always admire a view like this. It looks like they're planning something important. A new world order. But no, they're just eating. Eating's important too.
Chabuya feels easy going. No one's going to hassle you here. There were some solo diners slurping to their heart's content and few small groups steaming their happy faces.
Of the major Japanese beers Sapporo is my least favorite but it was the only one Chabuya carries in large. Again, my American buy in bulk mentality trumps my love for Kirin and Asahi Super Fly.
The classic. You know. Salt. MSG. Pork. Oil. Noodles that have those fun wavy kinks in them. Ramen noodles they're called. Dig in ramen lovers. It looks pretty good.
I had the salad bowl with ramen noodles. It comes with a creamy dressing because what Japanese salad can be eaten without some type of creamy dressing? No-salad, that's the kind of japanese salad that can be eaten sans cream.
This was pretty good. Nice and refreshing. It's something I can see a Murakami character eating. I just can't see a Murakami character diving into an actual bowl of soup ramen. But like I say, prove me wrong and I slurp the curly noodle too.