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
Strong points: superb and generous ramen, gyoza
The full car parking lot is not much of an indication either as the only signs you will see belong to other shops.
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 …
The entrance is small and does not give much indication as to what is waiting for you inside …
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.
And a big picture right inside confirms it
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
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!
A simple but clean place and the food is not served in cheap plastic bowls, but in actual clay bowls.
If you are lucky, you can sit in your own cozy corner! And a lot of customers think so, too!
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.
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.
The ramen (large serving) with their char siu (large serving again!) to be dipped into hot soup before eating.
The hot soup, very tasty!
|Address||Shimada Shi, Osakaya Machi, 8770|
Shimada Shi, Osakaya Machi, 8770
|Opening Hours||AM 6:30~15:00 (or earlier if stock soup is exhausted)Closed on Tuesdays and the third Wednesday|