First you have to buy a ticket at the machine. Put money in and choose the ramen or tsukemen you want and press the button. If you can’t decipher the machine, speak to the staff in English and they will hand you a menu in English. This way it will be easy to know what you are ordering. At Tsukemen Kirari the ticket buying timing is a bit special. When a lot of people are lining for the restaurant, when you get close to the entrance the staff will come and tell you to go buy a ticket from the machine, and after buying this ticket you line up again. Of course if there is no line you can just go inside and buy the ticket, but as this is a really popular restaurant you should be prepared to line up. But if there is a line, wait until you are told to go buy the ticket.
This is my recommended way of eating tsukemen at Tsukemen Kirari.
1. Taste the deliciousness of the noodles Don’t dip the noodles in the soup at first, but taste the handmade noodles as they are and enjoy their texture and taste.
2. Know the balance between the soup and the noodles Dip some noodles only halfway to the soup and try to find a good balance for yourself.
3. Just concentrate on eating Taste the noodles and the soup freely, eat with vigor. The best way to eat is to slurp the noodles into your mouth with such force that the soup sprays all around.
4. Enjoy the change in taste Put some of the citrus sudachi vinegar or raw garlic on the noodles or into the soup and enjoy the change in taste.
5. Add some diluting soup to your tsukejiru soup After finishing all your noodles, add a little bit of diluting soup that is on the table to your tsukejiru soup, so you can drink all of the soup. Add the diluting soup little by little all the while tasting the change in the tsukejiru soup’s taste.
*You can also put rice into the tsukejiru soup If you get the slightly more expensive Tokutsuke(1050 yen) you also get rice which, after you finish eating your noodles, you can put into the tsukejiru soup.
|Address||660-3, Higashihamaminamicho, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto, 612-8213|
|Directions||3-minute walk from Keihan Main Line, Chushojima Station.|
|Open Hours||Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 11am - 2:30pm|
|Closed||Wednesday and Thursday|
|Credit cards||Not accepted|
|Good for||Solo, With Friends|
The staff can understand some really simple English.
|Lanuages spoken||Japanese only|
|Number of seats||11 seats|
|Private dining rooms||Nothing|
|Non smoking / smoking||Non smoking|