Fuji Soba (富士そば)
Fuji soba is the biggest and most famous and soba chain in Tokyo. There are as many as 100 shops in Tokyo. Most of them are small but easy to access as located near stations. They also open 24 hours, it means you can enjoy a bowl of soba anytime you want.
The shops are simple, cozy, and clean. Some of them are tachigui-soba style where customers eat standing by the counter table. The shops are often full of people from young to old.
First of all, you need to purchase the ticket for your soba at the vending machine usually placed in front of the shops. Don't worry, there are food samples (fake food) at the entrance that look exactly same as the real dish. You can see them and find what you want to eat, and check the number of the menu, then press that number to get a ticket.
And don't worry about money either. As you can see, all menu are reasonably priced from around 300 yen to 500 yen. But you might have difficulty in choosing as they have a great selection of soba menu.
Niku fuji soba (470 yen) is one of the popular menu. The soba noodles are flavorful and nicely cooked. The beef tooped on the noodles is tender and goes well with the sweet and savory soup.
If you are tempura lovers or you have never tried tempura, I recommend the tempura soba (410 yen). It comes with a big shrimp tempura (a Japanese deep fried food) that is light and crispy on the outside. Most soba menu are served in a hot soup, but you can choose between cold or hot for some menu.
They also offer udon noodles (Japanese white noodles). It is thicker and more chewy than soba, worth trying too.
You can also get a side of katsu don, a rice bowl covered with tonkatsu (deep fried pork) and eggs. The pork is tender and juicy, eggs are creamy, and the sauce is savory and flavorful. It is just 360 yen.
Go find Fuji Soba!
If you are in Tokyo, you can probably find a Fuji Soba easily because there are many shops especially near or inside stations. It is the best value for money!