According to the restaurant’s website, this soba restaurant located near Subway Karasuma Oike Station, was established in 1465 and it is one of the oldest restaurants in Kyoto. It was originally a confectionery store serving soba noodles as a side business but changed its setup to focus mainly on soba during the Edo period, serving, over time, the Imperial Palace, and continuing today with Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko, parents of the 3rd in line to the Japanese throne and visitors themselves several years ago. You can see pictures of the royal couple visiting the restaurant, when you dine at the restaurant.
I like the traditional Japanese external facade of the restaurant.
Kyoto-style Hors D’oeuvres
名物: 宝来そば (Hourai Soba)
This is the best soba that I’ve ever eaten!! (and I’m not even a soba fan but I’ve been converted after this meal!)
How to eat Hourai Soba?
The 5 stacked trays of soba, or buckwheat noodles, are served with a soup base and a variety of condiments that you may use according to your taste. The soup base will be in a small vessel; pour a little of the soup onto the top tray of noodles. Then, from the condiment dish, add whatever you would like to your noodles (for example, some grated daikon radish, tempura prawn, nori, dried seaweed, and wasabi). After you finish eating the first tray of noodles, remove it and repeat the same process with the second tray, and the third, and so on… After you have finished eating, pour the hot water from the teapot into the teacup, which has salted cherry blossoms in it. This drink is traditionally served after a meal of soba and is popularly believed to lower high blood pressure.
In my opinion, the hot water tasted a lot like soba water!! (i.e. the water left over from cooking the noodles)
I will definitely make it a point to dine here again if I visit Kyoto!
|住 所||京都市中京区車屋町通二条下る322 Kurumayacho-Nijyo, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto.|
|道 順||地下鉄烏丸御池駅1番出口北へ徒歩2分2-min walk from Subway Karasuma Oike station Exit 1.|