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Gourmet ramen joint has $100 emperor bowl
Fujimaki Gekijo is the fanciest ramen joint in Tokyo. In fact, with it's basic 3000 yen bowl ($30!) I feel like I should really be calling it a ramen restaurant. 40-year old owner Shoichi Fujimaki opened up shop last May when he realized that people were willing to pay a premium for things like rare ingredients and quality service. He had a normal-priced shop before, but he closed it, rented a fancy 2-story space in Kami Meguro, and laid down red carpets and put art on the walls. I have never been here, nor do I know if I'm willing to pay 3000 yen for ramen that he admits is no different ingredients-wise than something a third of the price. But hey, if you're in the mood to splurge, you should go there and try the Emperor Ramen, it's 10,000 yen and you need to reserve it three days in advance. The web site says that this restaurant will be members only from 2010, so now's your chance.