Not too far from Nijo Castle is Kyoto’s oldest soba restaurant!
Honke Owariya (本家尾張屋) has been serving traditionally handmade soba for more than 500 years (since 1465) and according to its website, even the Japan royalty drops by when they are in Kyoto!
Well, if the humble noodle dish is good enough for the imperial family, it’s definitely a must-try for us lowly commoners!
322 Kurumayacho, Nijo-Sagaru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto
Omg, the soba here is fantastic! No matter what you get, be it the cold or hot soba, it’s gonna be super fresh and plain delicious. There’s even a slip of paper to remind us to drink the water in which the soba is cooked. It’s quite bland and tasteless but I guess it should be quite nutritious?
Ten Seiro: plain buckwheat noodles, deep fried shrimp tempura, wasabi and dipping sauce on the side.
One of the signature items: sobazushi, i.e. sushi consisting of soba instead of rice, tamago and shiitake mushrooms rolled and wrapped in seaweed with dipping sauce.
I can eat this everyday!!
Even the warabi mochi is made of buckwheat flour! So so soft, yums.
Owariya was originally a confectionary shop, and it’s still one now. There’s a small corner by the main entrance where you can pick up some goodies, such as these soba boro cookies, a specialty in Kyoto!