The service is straightforward and unpretentious, and so is the cooking. Shinsekai is of the Shanghainese persuasion, which means the sweet, oil-laden dishes of the China's eastern provinces predominate. But there is also a strong infusion of Sichuan influences to enliven the palate with plenty of chili and huajiao (prickly ash pepper).
Shinsekai Saikan: Old school from the New World
Name (J) 新世界菜館
Lunch price range
¥1,000 - ¥2,000
Dinner price range
¥5,000 or more
Excellent noodles, both hot and cold
The groups of chain-smoking salarymen of a certain age occupying the other tables.
Drinks Beer ¥550; sake from ¥400; shokoshu from ¥700 per glass; wine from ¥500 per glass
Number of seats 80 on first and basement floors; private rooms on second and third floors
BGM Classical music, very faintly
Smoking No smoking
Shinsekai building,2-2 Jinbocho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
11 a.m. - 11 p.m. (last order 10p.m.); Sunday 11a.m. - 9 p.m. (last order 8 p.m.)
Cash, Credit Card
Transport Leave Jinbocho Station by Exit A3 and turn right as you come out on the street (on Yasukuni-dori, opposite Iwanami Hall). Shinseki Saikan is on your right after about 20 minutes.