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“Make reservation to bypass the queue!”

Tsurutontan Shinjuku
Ranked #51 of 8,844 Restaurants in Shinjuku
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$0 - US$27
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Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Shinjuku
Reviewed 14 December 2013

We made a reservation and we were glad we did ! By 7pm, the line was out the door, up onto the first floor.

The restaurant has a cool decor, with booth settings as well as open dining area. The waiter had difficulty understanding english but he was very polite and did his best to accommodate our requests. The main menu was available in English but the others (specials etc) were not.

All the food was really good, especially the udon (of course). Tempura & sashimi are worth ordering as well. Do not order too much food in your first order as each bowl of udon is pretty big !

PS: apparently you can smoke inside the restaurant. If you are allergic to smoke, you might want to reconsider dining here.

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Reviewed 13 October 2013

Just got back from our 1st night in shinjuku. Took 10 mins to walk over from the shinjuku isetan at about 7 pm and was greeted with a queue that stretched to level 1. The restaurant is on B1. Got our seat 40 mins later just next to the stage. Order the house specials:: sukiyaki beef udon, soft shell crab in cream sauce for the wife and the carbonara for the daughter. All 3 did not disappoint, something about the springiness and texture of Japanese udon that just makes it work. The jazzy life music by a 3 men band was an unexpected treat. I would go back again.

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Reviewed 27 April 2013

We had to line up for 45 minutes and we we the only Gaijin so we assumed it was a very popular restaurant. We were not disappointed. The atmosphere was great and the food, Ramen was gigantic and tasted great. We went with our kids ages 9 and 11 and they both thoroughly enjoyed it. The bowls are really BIG! The band was not that great but it was entertainment and a nice background.

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Reviewed 18 October 2012

Lack of english reviews suggest this place is authentic as it gets and have to say I'm not suprised. This place is one of my favourite places to eat in Tokyo. Tsurutontan has a chain of these places the most notable one is in Roppongi however this one in the back streets of the seedy part of Shinjuku is just as good.

Unlike the Roppongi version the Shinjuku branch has a band who plays here at night. On to the food however....

We ordered the Udon Ramen there are a variety of versions I usually get the plain soup with beef slices. The broth and noodles are delicious, my wife is more adventurous and gets the spicy pork slices with tempura.

There are the usual side dishes such gyoza and sushi and sashimi which are all great, however I tried something left field in the raw horse meat which was good. It taste like any other meat sashimi but obviously this is not to the taste of everyone.

All in all great experience, we just left as the ban was starting the atomsphere was getting even better. This place although not easy to find is open very late with an very out there and hip japanese crowd. Terrific find and well worth the visit.

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