We found this restaurant after visiting the near-by Ritsurin Garden. We just search for "cheap eats near us" and this came up with good reviews.
It was a great choice for lunch (we don't think they are open for dinner). Takamatsu is known for its Udon noodles and although I really can't say whether these noodles were the best ever they were very good. As is the Tempura. The meal is made better by the experience itself. It was very busy, we had to wait outside for a short time and when we were there it was all local folk - office workers, blue-collar workers, older folk. First, as you are in line inside waiting, look up - yes, for those who do not speak or read Japanese (like us) the photos will help you choose. As you proceed along take a plate and put your Tempura on it - we wanted to take our time but the impatient queue behind us did not allow that - choose quickly - we are sure it will all be delicious. At the noodle stop point to the photo above you and choose your size (small or large). Now you pay. The cashier on the day made sure we knew what to do. Turn around to the boiling water bath, put your noodles in a basket and shake them up and down as you count to ten. Right beside you is the soup. Handle down for a good stock. Don't worry just watch the locals.
Now the toppings - we took some of everything on top of the soup and the mild ginger topping for the Tempura. Slurp, slurp, slurp - there is nothing impolite about sucking the Udon noodles up with gusto. There is a water dispenser and also hot green tea.
Don't linger after you have finished there are others queued and waiting outside. Return your tray to the counter - "Arigato gozaimasu"
The meal was more than food, it was an experience. Thoroughly enjoyable. Recommended.
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