If you are looking for a bowl of authentic Japanese Ramen and nothing fancy like a chain restaurant with long queue, Tomiya Ramen 十味や • トウミヤ in Shinjuku may be just right what you are looking for.
Tomiya Ramen 十味や • トウミヤ doesn't look very fancy from the exterior and hence we were thinking if we should give it a miss back then. Since this ramen was one of the few restaurants opened early the morning and close late at night in Shinjuku, we gave it a try during the day and ended up going back again at night. It turned out to be one of the best bowl of ramen I have tried in Tokyo.
I was really glad to have found this restaurant with mainly locals dining in while the restaurant setting with bar seats which was really a typical small restaurant in Japan. Please note that the restaurant is rather small hence you'll have to hang your jacket on the wall and go to your counter seats. I wouldn't recommend to drag your luggage into the restaurant.
Since it was a ramen restaurant, there were a few ramen options: Normal Miso, Red Miso and White Miso Ramen. We tried both the white miso and the normal miso, both were delicious!
Alright, with regard to how to order your food:
1. Ticket Vending Machine
- The ticket vending machine located just right at the door step.
- Please note that they accept cash only, hence no credit card payment.
- Use your cash and insert into the ticket vending machine to choose your preference.
2. Be seated and be served
- Hold on to your tickets and wait for your seat availability. It is very common for a waiting time of 15mins since there is only 15 counter seats available in the restaurant.
- The chefs will invite you to sit down and request the tickets from you.
- All your meals will be prepared right in front of you and served when it is ready.
White Miso Ramne白味噌ラーメン
If you haven't tried a bowl of White Miso Ramen before, you may really really really want to order this in Tomiya Ramen.
We tried the white miso ramen and the normal miso ramen, both were great but the White miso ramen's broth tasted a lot more intricate layers of flavor.
It was really enjoyable to watch them boiling the broth, frying the bean sprout, grilling the pork with a portable fire gun separately. When the chef combined those into one bowl, that was really a bowl of a flavorsome delightful ramen!
I would definitely recommend to try Tomiya ramen as it was very authentic and delicious. I really enjoyed the white miso ramen especially the lightly burned taste (not really burn but just the fire grilled taste) pork slices.
Did I mention the pork slice/ Char Siu were soft and tender?
They served ice water for free in the restaurant. You can always order a bottle of Sapporo Beer to go with your ramen - what a pleasure!
Tomiya Ramen Location
Address: 1-19-2 Nishi Shinjuku
Japan, 〒160-0023 Tokyo, Shinjuku, Nishishinjuku, 1 Chome−19−2, セイコービル
Phone Number: +81 3-3343-6823
Operating Hours: 10am - 12am Daily/ soup sold out (sometimes close around 10:30pm-11:30pm)
Number of Seats: 15 seats / Non-smoking Restaurant
Method of payment: Cash Only/ Credit Cards Not Accepted
To get there: 1 minute walk from
- Toei Shinjuku Line Shinjuku Station Exit 5
- Keio New Line Shinjuku Station Exit 5
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