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TOKYO | People don’t generally think of pizza when they build a list of things to eat in Tokyo, but in recent years a number of places have popped up in the city that take pizza very seriously. One of the first was Seirinkan, which has been operating in the same spot in Nakameguro for 24 years. THe name might be familiar to you if you’ve watched season one of David Chang’s Netflix series, Ugly Delicious.

The pizza being served at this three story, rock and roll, Beatles themed restaurant by head chef Tsubasa Tamaki can be best desribed as Tokyo Neapolitan. It’s a style that has its origins in Naples, but came into its own in the 1980s when Japanese pizza maestro Susumu Kakinuma developed it.

The pizzas are similar to the traditional Neapolitan style pizza, but differ in a few important ways. Japanese wood is used in Japanese made wood-fired ovens, and the dough contains more salt. A Seirinkan, pizzas are cooked in the centre of the wood fired oven, as close as possible to the flames, and are given an extra umami hit but the addition of Japanese cedar chips to the fire just before the pizza comes out.

The result of all of this is some truly delicious pizza, some of the best we’ve tried anywhere in the world. There are only two pizzas on the menu – Margherita and Marinara. We opted for the Margherita. A little tomato sugo under the cheese, fresh ripe tomatoes, basil and a generous amount of olive oil. Divine. There’s antipasto and pasta on the menu too, delicious we’re sure. But the pizza is the number one reason you’re visiting Seirinkan.

Seirinkan

2-6-4 Kamimeguro Meguro-ku
Tokyo 153-0051
Japan

Telephone: 03 3714 5160
E-mail: n/a
Website

Open
Mon – Fri: 11:30am to 1:30pm; 6:00pm to 8:45pm
Sat – Sun: 11:30am to 2:30pm; 5:00pm to 8:45pm

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Paul founded The City Lane back in 2009 as a place to share photos of his travels around Europe with friends and family. The City Lane might have changed quite a lot since those early days but one thing that’s remained constant is Paul’s passion for food, travel and culture, and a desire to photograph and write about his experiences. Paul has a strong inquisitive nature that drives him to look beneath the surface in order to discover what really makes a city and its people tick, and what better way to do this than over a good meal or drink, with a city’s locals, at places that people who live in that city actually frequent. Paul is also a co-host of The Brunswick Beer Collective, a podcast that may or may not actually be about beer.

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