Try Japanese soba noodles! Classic Japanese soba and junk-licious yakisoba

This time, we will introduce a long-established Japanese soba noodle restaurant with a beautiful garden and a yakisoba specialty restaurant. If you want to try out some delicious noodle restaurants, this is the perfect article for you!

Long-established Japanese soba noodle restaurant with a garden-view

“Kanda Yabusoba” is set inside a small but beautiful garden. The huge office buildings surrounding the traditional restaurant create a unique mixture of “old” and “new”.

Japanese soba noodles are made from buckwheat. These noodles are said to have quite a long history and are a typical Japanese dish along with sushi and tempura.

Founded in 1880, Kanda Yabusoba is a long-established soba restaurant near the former station and now commercial facility Manseibashi. “Kanda Yabusoba”, which has been around for more than 140 years, s not only loved for the tasty food, but also the unique, relaxing atmosphere.

Inside the garden, I spotted a lot of Japanese maple trees. I’ll revisit the restaurant when the leaves turn red, which should be around the end of November. That must be just wonderful!
Please choose a seat overlooking the garden!

Most Japanese soba noodle restaurants serve two types of soba. Warm soba noodles in soup and cold soba noodles spread out on a special tray.

Japanese and English menus are available.

“Kanda Yabusoba” has several delicious side menus. The most common choice would be tempura. I decided to order tempura and “soba-zushi“.

At a first glance, the “soba-zushi” I ordered looks just like normal makizushi rolls. But it’s not made with rice – the roll is stuffed with soba noodles! Besides noodles, they are filled with an omelet, shiitake mushrooms, and kanpyo (dried gourd strips). It is fragrant and very tasty compared to rice sushi rolls.

The perfect combination: “Seiro Soba” and “Seasonal Tempura Assortment”. If you are very hungry, you may want to order two portions of “Seiro Soba”.
Look at this delicious-looking shiitake mushroom! The “Seasonal Tempura Assortment” comes with kabosu (a citrus fruit) and grated radish.
“Kamo Nanban Soba” with duck meat. If you want to warm up, have your soba noodles in a soup!
What’s happening? The noodles were longer than I expected
Dip the noodles in the mentsuyu soup base, which is a mixture of bonito flacks, soy sauce, mirin, and sugar.
After you are finished eating the soba noodles, you will get a pot with hot water, which you can pour into the noodle soup base and drink. The hot water is actually the water that was used for boiling the noodles. It’s believed to be very healthy.

“Kanda Yabusoba” impressed me particularly with its good ingredients, delicate seasoning, and flavorful soba noodles. Enjoy the taste of traditional Japanese soba noodles in the best location surrounded by a beautiful garden!

Kanda Yabusoba (English)
2-10 Kanda Awajicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
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Nearest stations: Ogawamachi Station, Awajicho Station, Shin-Ochanomizu Station, Ochanomizu Station, Akihabara Station, Kanda Station


Best junk food in Japan: yakisoba!

“Jinbocho Yakisoba Mikasa” is a specialty store for yakisoba fried noodles. Their homemade noodles are made from 100% Hokkaido wheat. The menu is extremely simple. You can choose between two flavors, “sauce” and “salt”. Sizes are medium (nami-mori) and big size (oo-mori), which are both the same price. Also, for an extra 100 Yen, you can have squid and shrimp as a topping.

I bought my meal ticket at the ticket vending machine near the entrance and sat down at the counter.

The retro-looking kitchen could be right out of “Bladerunner”.
Yakisoba with sauce flavor. Quite voluminous, even in the “medium” size!

The yakisoba had an omelet topping and big slices of crispy fried pork mixed in.

Thick and wriggling hand-made noodles. Maybe not the healthiest choice for a meal, but oh so addictive!
Salty flavor yakisoba topped with squid and shrimp

With their strong seasoning and voluminous portions, these fried noodles are exactly what you want to eat when you are very hungry. Nothing can top the feeling of satisfaction and fullness after eating these delicious noodles! No wonder, this restaurant is popular! So when you are really hungry, why don’t you try out “Jinbocho Yakisoba Mikasa”?

Jinbocho Yakisoba Mikasa Main Store
2-24-3 Kanda Jinbocho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
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Nearest stations: Jimbocho Station, Suidobashi Station