I was skeptical of this place at first as I typically try to find balanced meal options rather than ramen that I avoid due to the excessive salt content. Nonetheless, ramen is a guilty pleasure that I allow myself to indulge in every now and then.
The best way to describe the food here is an Italian-ramen hybrid. The noodles, the kitchen, and presentation of the actual food are undeniably that of a ramen restaurant. The flavors, including tomato broth, parmesan cheese, onions, and side options of basil sauce and garlic, are reminiscent of what most of us consider Italian food. My favorites, after visiting the restaurant twice, are the cheese ramen and the vegetable-packed ramen. They are very generous on the toppings here, and there is a whole range that you can try at no additional cost. This way, your one bowl of 800 JPY tomato ramen will have at least three different flavors over the course of one dining experience.
I pass by Tomato Ramen on a regular basis and what I have noticed is that it is packed with a line outside around lunch time on Saturdays and Sundays, and usually open with no wait around dinner time, really any day of the week. (Technically, this shop is called menya tomato in Japanese, but have no fear, there’s a sign that says “Tomato Ramen” in English).〒８９２−０８２６ 鹿児島市呉服町１−５ Kagoshima-shi, Gofukumachi 1-5 Telephone: 099-222-5773