Four factors–quick, cheap, tasty and plentiful–define an ideal dish for me, a person with a big appetite.
This type of fare was typically served at Ranshu, a small Chinese restaurant in Tokyo’s Higashi-Ginza district.
I frequently dropped by the eatery, located close to my workplace, and also used its delivery service.
The restaurant has also been a favorite among actors performing at the nearby Kabukiza Theater and Shinbashi Enbujo theater.
But it closed its doors on Sept. 19 after 40 years in business, unable to hold its own against the onslaught of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
When I visited the place on its final day, I found a line of patrons eager to enjoy their beloved dishes one last time.
Owner Naoshi Tomizawa, 70, said the restaurant’s sales began plunging around the time a nationwide state of emergency was declared this spring.
“We rode out many crises before, but