Two Japanese heavyweights tussle at the brand-new Rolling Sobbat J (1F Take Bldg, 1-19 Maruyama-cho, Shibuya-ku; tel: 03-3226-4821), where the genteel soba noodle meets the barbarous gravy-like soup of tsukemen. To accompany this culinary clash, the shop is decked out in pro-wrestling paraphernalia, from mementoes to actual ropes separating the customers from the staff and a cartoon fresco of puroresu legend The Great Muta. Three soup bases are on offer—yuzu shio, seafood and tonkotsu, and maze (mixed)—with the standard dish going for ¥750, and the maxed-out version for ¥1,050. The name comes from a move where the flying, spinning wrestler back-kicks his opponent. If you’re feeling on the ropes after a night out, stop by until 5am on Monday-Thursday and 7am Friday-Saturday.
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