Shuhei in Matsuyama 麺鮮醤油房周平 松山

The full shop name Mensenshōyu-bō Shūhei ( 麺鮮醤油房周平) tells you exactly what to expect—fresh noodles and a soy sauce based soup. It was also right down the street from the Toyoko Inn where I was staying, is one of the top rated shops in Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture, and gets the thumbs up from Brian at Ramen Adventures. This one was a no-brainer.

With 20 seats, the space is on the large end for a ramen shop. At the center is an open kitchen, and because the chashu topping is grilled over fire as a finishing step, you almost wonder if you’ve mistakenly stepped into a yakitori shop when you first enter.

Shuhei in Matsuyama 麺鮮醤油房周平 松山

Rest assured, at the front of the menu is a solid bowl featuring a clear but fragrant shoyu soup and noodles made on site. They also serve tsukemen, but on a cool autumn night after spending the entire day either on a train or at a train station, this hits the spot.

Shuhei in Matsuyama 麺鮮醤油房周平 松山

The staff are energetic and friendly. They even let me take a photo of the noodle room.

Shuhei in Matsuyama 麺鮮醤油房周平 松山

Hungry traveler approved.