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Ramen restaurant: Tsubame in Shimada City

Ramen restaurant: Tsubame in Shimada City

For all the ramen shops literally brandishing their flags and noren/shop entrance curtains, if not assailing visitors with all kinds of garish photos of their menu placarded outside, some places are so concealed that you wouldn’t find them without an insider’s information.

 

Service: Busy but friendly and smiling
Equipment & facilities: Very clean overall, excellent washroom
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: superb and generous ramen, gyoza

Ramen restaurant: Tsubame in Shimada City

The full car parking lot is not much of an indication either as the only signs you will see belong to other shops.

Ramen restaurant: Tsubame in Shimada City

Early queues fast forming might be the cue then …
I was lucky that my good friend Aki Suzuki from Yasaitei was on hand, what is with being in an city I still have to learn about …

Ramen restaurant: Tsubame in Shimada City

The entrance is small and does not give much indication as to what is waiting for you inside …

Ramen restaurant: Tsubame in Shimada City

Finally a noren with “Tsubame”, meaning “swallow” as the motif suggests, written on it hung over an inside door tells you are in the right place.

Ramen restaurant: Tsubame in Shimada City

And a big picture right inside confirms it

Ramen restaurant: Tsubame in Shimada City

A busy place right from the opening at 6:30 a.m

You can either sut at a counter or at a table, although you might not be able to choose if the place is too busy

Ramen restaurant: Tsubame in Shimada City

Plenty of gentle staff to look after you! Tough work to look after hungry customers from 06:30 to 15:00. Yes, it is not open in the evenings, and that is rare indeed!

Ramen restaurant: Tsubame in Shimada City

A simple but clean place and the food is not served in cheap plastic bowls, but in actual clay bowls.

Ramen restaurant: Tsubame in Shimada City

If you are lucky, you can sit in your own cozy corner! And a lot of customers think so, too!

Ramen restaurant: Tsubame in Shimada City

When you read the menu bear in mind they serve only the red-circled items between 6:30 and 9:00 a.m. which is simply because it tends to be busy then.

Ramen restaurant: Tsubame in Shimada City

There is a lot to choose from, including original gyooza, and it certainly deserves a few more visits. Aki chose a typical ramen dish: “Tsubame Kossari Soba/燕こっさりそば”. It certainly looked delicious. Note that she ordered “Oomori/大盛”, meaning “large size”!

 

As for me, I asked for “Tsubame Wafuu Tsukemen/燕和風付け麺”, meaning Japanese-style ramen with soup dip.

Ramen restaurant: Tsubame in Shimada City

The ramen (large serving) with their char siu (large serving again!) to be dipped into hot soup before eating.

Ramen restaurant: Tsubame in Shimada City

The hot soup, very tasty!

    
NameTsubame (麺屋燕)
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AddressShimada Shi, Osakaya Machi, 8770
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Shimada Shi, Osakaya Machi, 8770
Opening HoursAM 6:30~15:00 (or earlier if stock soup is exhausted)Closed on Tuesdays and the third Wednesday
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