Oriental Spoon Gives Up on Tapas, Relaunches As Japanese Pasta House

Stop in for ramen we mean tapas or sushi or is pasta?Photo: Melissa Hom

No sooner had we begun to understand Oriental Spoon, the Pan-Asian tapas restaurant hidden away in the rear of Ramen Setagaya than it had changed again. Welcome, Pasta Wafu! The newest incarnation of the space specializes in Japanese-style pasta, says manager Charlie Huh. Think of flying fish roe in a cream sauce with penne or linguine with sea urchin and homemade oil sauce. But if youre not into Italianate fusion, theres also a full sushi bar. But be daring, says Huh. This is top-notch food, and its very affordable! Its not just for Japanese people. Well settle for just not having to stand in the Setagaya line.

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