Lightly-flavored Abura soba right near Kiyomizu Temple
Nekomata is an abura soba restaurant just 5 minutes on foot from Keihan Kiyomizu Gojo Station. The restaurant’s signature dishes are crispy tempura chicken and a light tasting abura soba with the fragrant flavor of bonito and soy sauce. Abura soba is a kind of ramen dish without soup. It is eaten after mixing the noodles together with the oil, soy sauce, chili oil, vinegar and other seasonings at the bottom of the bowl. Most abura soba dishes tend to have a fairly strong flavor and use thick noodles, but Nekomata’s abura soba is comparatively light and the noodles, an important part of the dish, are flat, custom-made noodles carefully chosen by the owner himself. The noodles go down really well and have a unique, chewy texture you will love. The restaurant’s interior features wooden tables and stylish lighting making for a relaxed atmosphere.
Original Abura Soba (medium)
Original Abura Soba (medium) / ¥600
Original Abura Soba is Nekomata’s trademark dish. Simple and beautiful in appearance, the dish gives off a mouth-watering aroma of bonito and soy sauce when you mix the noodles together. Compared with most abura soba, Nekomata’s Original Abura Soba uses simple ingredients (only roast pork, bamboo shoots, kamaboko, and seaweed). The dish is designed to be light in flavor, but for those people that like something stronger, try adding some black shichimi or spicy sesame oil available on each table. Both condiments accentuate the dish and will give it that little something extra.
Special Chicken Tempura
Special Chicken Tempura / 3 pieces ¥300
Special Chicken Tempura is Nekomata’s other speciality. This tempura is always served freshly fried. With a nice crispy batter, the tempura is quite moreish and fails to grow old. The chicken is sufficiently flavored before frying so that it can be enjoyed on its own, but it also tastes great with a pinch of salt and pepper served together with the dish.
Oiled Noodles with Garlic Specially Soy Sauce Spicy Miso
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Oiled Noodles with Garlic Specially Soy Sauce Spicy Miso / ¥850
Oiled Noodles with Garlic Specially Soy Sauce Spicy Miso is a limited-time-only dish (available until March, 2016). In stark contrast to the aforementioned abura soba, this particular dish really makes an impact, and what gives the dish its punch is its strong, garlicky flavor. One bite and your mouth will fill with the strong taste of garlic, but once you’ve had one bite, you won’t be able to stop. This abura soba is strangely moreish. Just be careful if you have a date on either the same day or the next, because the smell of garlic on your breath will be pretty overpowering.
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Onion / Free
As you get down to your last few noodles, it’s a great idea to add some of the onion served together with your dish. Doing so allows you to enjoy the changing flavor that the crunchy texture and characteristic, spicy taste of onion give to abura soba. Onion goes well with all of the abura soba dishes Nekomata serves, so give it a go and add plenty of onion.
How to Order

The menu is also written in English which makes ordering a breeze. In addition to abura soba, tempura and set meals are also available, so please take a look.

- Order Tips -

If you want a larger serving of noodles, you can choose Omori for an extra 100, and Tokumori for 200. For a large portion say,

Omori wo kudasai.

For an extra large portion say,

Tokumori wo kudasai !!

For men, Omori is good, but for women, Namimori should be just right.

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Nekomata’s abura soba is characterized by its light bonito and soy sauce flavor making the restaurant ideal for people that don’t like heavily-flavored ramen. Located near the popular sightseeing spot Kiyomizu Temple, Nekomata is well worth a visit if you find yourself at Kiyomizu Temple.
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What goes really well with Nekomata’s abura soba is Kyoto black shichimi! I recommend that you start off by eating abura soba as it is served, and then after eating around half of it, that you add a little vinegar and plenty of onion which you then top off with some black shichimi. One of the charming things about Nekomata’s abura soba is that there are many ways it can be enjoyed. You are sure to have fun finding the flavor that is just right for you!
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Nekomata / ねこまた
Category Ramen
Phone +81 75-551-5088
Address 4-138, Kiyomizu, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, 605-0862
Directions 5-minute walk from Keihan Kiyomizu Gojo
Open Hours 11am - 9pm
Reservations No
Closed Wed.
Notes A 5-10 minute wait may be necessary at the busiest time between 12-1pm.
Price range
- ¥1,000
Credit cards No
Good for Solo, With Friends
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
Simple English is understood and spoken.
Menu English
Lanuages spoken Basic English
Number of seats 22 seats
Private dining rooms No
Non smoking / smoking Separated smoking and non-smoking areas (Completely non-smoking until 2pm)
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