Osaka-Style Takoyaki: Tonbo in Shimada City!



Service: shy but very kind and smiling
Equipment & facilities: Old but very clean. Clean washroom
Prices: reasonable
Strong points: takoyaki and okonomiyaki and other traditional izakaya foods. Local sake


The other day having some time to spare I walked along streets near Shimada Railway Station north exit when I found this little place which seemed very popular with the locals. Luckily enough I came in early enough before the place was packed with revelers!


The atmosphere is reminiscent of the 1960’a and 1970’s and I suspect the whole place dates back to that period with the only concession of a modernized washroom to our present era!


The food is cooked afresh in front of you and it is worth waiting for it!


Even the chef seems straight out of a past age!


No wonder the place is popular with the locals but also with the visiting Chinese and Taiwanese tourists straight out of Shimada Airport!


The drinks menu and the menu cartes are also very traditional including a sake from neighboring Oumuraya Brewery!


My sake!


Also noticed an intriguing wine liquor!


As this first visit was dedicated to Osaka=style takoyaki/octopus dumplings I first ordered a plate of takoyaki with soy sauce, mayonnaise and chopped scallions accompanied with a glass of wine liqueur!


Osaka-style takoyaki are soft and burning hot!


My second order was takoyaki in “Akashi Yaki” style, that is as it is with a hot clear soup to dip them in!


Eat them while they are very hot!


Look forward to the next report which will be about okonomiyaki and other morsels!


427-0029 Shimada City, Hinode-Cho, 1-1 ( few minutes’ walk straight from Shimada JR Station North exit)
Tel.: 0547-35-7635
Opening hours: 17:00~22:00
Closed on Sundays and national Holidays.
Orders on the phone and take-out OK!


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