Soba Noodles

Tokyo Travel Guides / November 25, 2016
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There is a curious way to eating soba, also known as buckwheat noodles. Soba is served either chilled with dipping sauce or in hot broth – chicken or fish broth. If you’re used to ramen and other kinds of noodle soup, you might find it weird to be eating cold noodles, but it is a must-try.

What makes soba unique is that the noodles actually impart flavor to the broth. As a cold dish, the buckwheat flavor complements the dip, which is usually of a sesame base.

There are several ways of soba preparation as there are several ways to enjoy it too – quick and slurpy or ceremoniously but still slurpy.

Here are the best places to have soba noodles in Tokyo.

  • KANDA MATSUYA | Chiyoda
    For soba that locals describe as “legendary”
    What to order: Curry soba, Goma soba, Tempura soba
    Price range: 1,000 to 3,000 Yen ($9.01 to $27.02)
    When: 11:00 – 20:00 Mon – Fri; 11:00 – 19:00 Sats and PHs; Closed on Suns
    Where: 1-13 Kanda Sudacho, Chiyoda-Ku, Tokyo
  • HONMURA AN | Roponggi
    For soba worth traveling half the globe for
    What to order: Uni soba, Grilled fu, Avocado salad
    Price range: 800 to 2,000 Yen ($7.21 to $18.01)
    When: 12:00 – 15:00; 17:30 – 22:00 Daily except Mondays
    Where: 7-14-18 Roponggi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
  • YUSUI | Chofu-shi
    For homemade soba
    What to order: Tempura soba, Nine-fold soba, Tempura
    Price range: 600 to 2,000 Yen ($5.40 to $18.01)
    When: 10:30 – 17:00 Daily except Thursdays
    Where: 5-9-1 Jindaijimoto Cho, Chofu, Tokyo
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