Updated: April 17, 2018
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Old-School Ramen & Gyoza to Line Up For: "Juban" in Higashi Nakano, Tokyo

Venturing out towards Nakano along the Chuo line is Higashi Nakano - Nakano's little brother to the east. Here you'll find a long street called Ginza with a number of little shops and eateries. A local's favourite here is "Juban" a down-to-earth diner-style eatery with a friendly charm. The food is worth lining up for!

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Ramen to line up for. Gyoza to drool for!

I live quite near Higashi Nakano station and I've been passing this place for a number of months casually peeking through the window wondering why there's always a crowd around this place.

There's plenty of restaurants along Higashi Nakano's Ginza street leading down from the station, but for some reason, Juban always jumps out at me. I can't really put my finger on it, and I was overly curious... so I had to try it!
From the moment you walk in the through the doors, you are greeted with a friendly "irasshaimase!" (welcome!) but the chefs and a lovely old lady directing you to your seat.
The menu is super simple here. They have yakisoba, ankake (sticky gravy sauce with vegetables and meat on fried noodles), gyoza in broth, fried gyoza, and 3 different base flavours of ramen - miso, salt, soy sauce. Overall there are 10 ramen dishes to choose from.

What's important here? All prices include tax and there are absolutely no extra charges!! Why don't other places do this?!
I had two aims when I was heading here.

1. Eat gyoza
2. Eat ramen

Somehow a third one snuck in too...
3. Maybe drink a beer

Gyoza Lovin'

Which one would you choose?
Even though they both looked good... I went with the fried gyoza as it's my general favourite way of eating them.
These little pockets of joy will only set you back just 370 yen.

One thing to note. They only make so many gyoza per day, so once they run out that's it!

Damn Delicious Ramen

I had a bit of a hard time trying to decide which ramen to order, in which the lovely older lady said I should try the Jaa-Jaa-Men. I went with her suggestion!
Jaa-Jaa-Men is a delicious combination of chicken mince, vegetables and noodles in a thick miso base soup stock. Make sure you mix it all up before you dig in!
Amongst the other choices, the char siew ramen provides a hearty dish topped with thick slices of pork!
Then comes another of my favourite ramen dishes - Tan-Tan-Men. It's a lovely simple dish with a light salty flavour with a load of vegetables piled on top.

Hungry yet?

If you ain't hungry yet, you should be. This place is 120% worth the visit out to Higashi Nakano. You will not be disappointed! Better yet you will probably get hooked on this place and make it a regular jaunt for early evening gyoza and ramen cravings!

See you there sometime!

Itadakimasu!
Jonathan
I've been traveling and eating my way around the world! Now I'm in Tokyo to share all my favourite spots! I spend my time traveling, surfing, hiking, camping and eating amazing food! My favourite Japanese food...Agedashi Tofu!

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