10 Best Soba Restaurants in Tokyo!
Soba (蕎麦/そば) is a Japanese noodle dish made from buckwheat. The noodles are so quintessentially Japanese that no matter where you go in Japan, you can be sure to find a soba restaurant, even in the smallest town. Here is a list of ten of the very best soba restaurants in Tokyo that you need to try!
Kanda Matsuya (Akihabara)
We recommend ordering one of the 'Ten Zaru' items (chilled soba and tempura), all of which are reasonably priced for less than ¥2,000 and which allow you to experience both the exceptional soba noodles and crispy, delicious tempura at the same time.
Soba Sasuga (Ginza)
Their menu is simple, so you can enjoy the natural flavor and fine texture of their soba without any distraction. The regular hot soba and cold soba (with dipping sauce) are 1000 yen and both taste amazing. It's pure soba at it's finest here and is a treat to eat.
Tamawarai (Harajuku / Omotesando / Shibuya)
There are a variety of soba dishes served cold or hot for around 1000-2500 yen, or 2 different course meals that include other traditional Japanese dishes are available at a more expensive price.
10 minutes walk from either Harajuku, Omotesando, or Shibuya station.
Honmura An (Roppongi)
One of the most popular and iconic menu items is the "uni (sea urchin) soba" (3000 yen~) which features a healthy portion of fresh uni atop a bowl of hand made soba noodles. It's one of the richest and most luxurious soba dishes found anywhere, and is definitely worth a try!
The restaurant offers a variety of toppings for the handmade soba such as vegetables, mushrooms, fish, and meat. You can get your choice of soba served with a small side dish for around 1000 yen, which is a great deal. Going at dinner allows you to order soba and other small dishes that are great for accompanying sake.
However, Bikyo also offers a great 8-course meal for ¥5,400 that features sushi, tempura, soba, and other small dishes. If you want to experience outstanding handmade soba and other traditional Japanese cooking in the same meal, this is a great option!
Narutomi (Tsukiji / Higashi Ginza)
Customers here love the handmade juwari soba and tempura (which goes great with soba). They offer many kinds of tempura which are perfectly light and crispy on the outside. One popular menu is the "gobo tem seiro" (1100 yen), which means burdock (gobo) tempura (tem) cold soba (seiro).
5 minutes walk from Higashi Ginza station
Their noodles are firm, chewy, and go well with the sweet, savory, and slightly spicy soup. Regular soba without any topping is just 600 yen.
Hakone Soba (Shinjuku)
This is Hakone Soba's signature dish, soba with a large 'kakiage,' which is basically a tempura nest of various veggies including onions, shiso, and carrot slices. It's crispy and has a lovely natural sweetness from the onions that is very satisfying. Oh, and it's just ¥420!
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