Dining suggestions in/near Bunkyo?
I'm staying at the Hotel Chinzanso (former Four Seasons) in Bunkyo in a week and am having some difficulty finding dining suggestions. I think I've done a fairly adequate search of Chow and am coming up empty handed. Any and all advice is welcome. Sushi, ramen, breakfast, Izakaya, etc. Thanks for any help.
Bunkyo is the name of the ward, which is not going to be very helpful. You need to drill down to a neighborhood level when you search. That hotel is pretty much in the center of the city and not particularly near a train station if I remember correctly. You can look for stuff in Shinjuku or Kagurazaka or Iidabashi or Suidobashi or Waseda University.
There's also kabuto for unagi, if he feels like opening... and as Silverjay said, the wealth of Kagurazaka is right there - from Ishikawa and Kohaku, through that soba place (I forget the name, best one in the area on Tabelog, very close to Ishikawa), etc.
Actually I can't think of any ramen I really like in the area...
the station Kagurazaka is a 20mn walk from the Iidabashi - Kagurazaka street. The soba referred is soba Kyorakutei (one michelin star) : soba and some season specialties empura
Here the links of unagi Ishibashi(in Edogawabashi), and the sushi Masa(near Iidabashi); if you are interested, click on the photos 写真ギャラリー
http://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1309/A13090... lunch menu at 3,000.-yens
http://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1309/A13090... (unaju at 3,800.-yens
For ramen, the only place that I know is near Waseda, is a classic ramen base on niboshi dashi, shoyu,and some special bowl of mix chiken, pork, egg, bamboo shoot
If you are looking for something a little different in terms of Ramen - there is a place for "Abura Soba" which is roughly translated as "Oil Soba."
It is basically ramen that is served without broth and its wonderfully addictive after a night out.
Medium thick ramen noodles are boiled and put in a bowl with some flavored oil and a few spoonfuls of broth. topped with menma (Braised bamboo shoots), Shredded dried nori, chashuu pork, a hal-fooked egg and a generous sprinkling of scallions and ground sesame, you can adjust the flavors to your liking with chili paste, vinegar (highly recommended) and their flavored oil.
I love this place and it's something a little different.