Oct. 12, 2018 UPDATE

Teuchi-Soba Sarashina Yoshiki

- 手打ち蕎麦 更科 よしき -
At the snug soba noodle restaurant Yoshiki, located close to Karasuma Oike Station, you can taste the dedication of the master to the art of soba making
There is a soba noodle restaurant frequented by locals a 10-minute walk to east from Karasuma Oike Station. That restaurant is Yoshiki. You will recognize the snug restaurant from the red noren curtains on the door and the bamboo fence on the window. From outside it looks almost like an a la carte restaurant so you might not want to enter at first, but worry not: the chef’s love for soba knows no limits, and the restaurant is friendly and has a warm atmosphere. Yoshida is a small soba restaurant run by a married couple. The husband makes soba noodles by hand, while the wife takes good care of the customers. The restaurant Yoshiki is built on teamwork. The chef of Yoshiki learned soba making in Tokyo, so the soba he makes is Kanto-style. All the soba dishes are great, and you can taste the flavor and fragrance of soba in all of them. Because of this it is really hard for me to choose my favorite, but if I have to choose I would choose the kikouchi soba, soba noodles made out of 100% soba flour. These soba noodles are the thickest and most al dente of the noodles of Yoshiki, and when you eat them your mouth is filled with the taste of soba. This dish is strongly recommended to those who love soba. On the walls inside the restaurant there are pictures and posters drawn by the children of the couple, making the atmosphere of the place feel welcoming and warm. While the restaurant is welcoming, the outpouring enthusiasm they have toward soba can also be strongly felt here. If you love soba, this love will be able to pass the language barriers and I’m sure you will find something in common among soba enthusiasts.
Kashiwa Nanban
Kashiwa Nanban / Chicken Nanban Soba / ¥1,010
The chicken nanban contains big pieces of chicken and green onion. I think it’s nice that the ingredients are cut into big pieces. The piping hot soba soup is accented with dashi and has a nice yuzu citrus flavor to it too, making for a refined taste. I would like you to drink all the soup before the noodles suck it all up. Usually in Kyoto nanban style soba dishes use duck, but Yoshiki uses chicken so the price is reasonable and the taste mellow. The fatty and juicy duck is a delicacy, but soba with a simple taste like this is also nice.
Kakiage kake
Kakiage kake / Mixed vegetable and seafood tempura with hot soba / ¥1,655
This dish is different from the chicken nanban I just introduced, this dish has just few Japanese parsley leaves on the kake style soba and some mixed vegetable and seafood tempura. Because this is a simple dish the tastes of soba noodles and the soup stand out. The thick and big kakiage tempura is one of Yoshiki’s classics. With just one bite the tempura almost crumbles down, the ingredients are so soft and the batter is crisp. It tastes good as it is, but it tastes even better if you dip it into the dashi broth of the soba. The best way to enjoy this dish is by first eating the noodles, then the tempura, and then lastly by dipping the tempura in the soup. I hope you will try this!
3Let's Try!
Always popular tempura assortment and three kinds of sake / Tempura:¥570 Sake:¥650 - ¥1,050
One wall inside the restaurant is covered by the survey results of a survey the children did. This survey was conducted by the children of the couple during a three year period by asking the customers of the restaurant what type of tempura they liked the most. The four most popular ones got chosen into the restaurant’s “Always popular tempura assortment” menu item. The four ingredients are renkon, eggplant, pumpkin, and shrimp. They are all piping hot, soft and really delicious. Eating this tempura assortment while drinking sake, all while waiting for the soba noodles, is the connoisseur’s way of drinking. They always have three kinds of sake, two of them changing but they always have the locally brewed sake called Konteki. Let’s wait for the soba noodles while drinking locally brewed sake and eating tempura!
4Let's Try!
Kikouchi is recommended for connoisseurs / ¥1,005
Kikouchi is recommended as a challenge for those who brag they love soba more than anyone else! Kikouchi is one style of soba noodles, made of only soba flour and wheat. Since kikouchi is made of 100% soba flour the taste and fragrance are strong. Soba connoisseurs all order this fragrant soba dish. Kikouchi can be eaten because of the skill of the chef and the good-quality soba flour. The valuable kikouchi is a superb dish I hope all soba connoisseurs will taste.
How to Order

The menu is only in Japanese. Note that only the “kake” is hot soba, all the others are cold. They have a menu only for tempura too.

The A and B assortments change a bit monthly, and the “Always popular tempura assortment” we ordered is written last on this menu.

- Order Tips -
Take care not to stir the soba before you eat it. The thin and delicate soba noodles will suck up the soup when stirred, so if you want to enjoy the fragrance of the soba you shouldn’t do this. The true, authentic way of enjoying soba is eating it right after you get your dish, and not stirring it. Let’s enjoy hot soba in the true authentic way!
3.3 food3.0 service3.0 atmosphere4.0
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
3.3 food3.0 service3.0 atmosphere4.0
At Yoshiki you can taste three different types of soba, and the restaurant is one I would like to recommend even among the soba restaurants I have been to! The chicken nanban with steaming-hot chicken and sweet green onion is something I would like you to eat! Please enjoy Yoshiki’s pride, their soba noodles, and the sweet soup that gets its accent from dashi.
3.3 food3.5 service3.5 atmosphere3.0
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
3.3 food3.5 service3.5 atmosphere3.0
Teuchi-Soba Sarashina Yoshiki / 手打ち蕎麦 更科 よしき
Category Soba Noodles
Phone +81 75-255-9837
Address 536, Asakuracho, Nakagyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 604-8074
Directions 9-minute walk from Subway Karasuma Line Karasuma Oike Stn. 9-minute walk from Subway Tozai Line Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae Stn. 10-minute walk from Keihan Line Sanjo Stn. 10-minute walk from Hankyu Kawaramachi Stn.
Open Hours 11:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (you can enter the restaurant until 7:00 p.m.) If you enter the restaurant before 7:00 p.m. you can enjoy your soba until 8:30 p.m. Please note that you cannot enter the restaurant after 7:00 p.m. and if there are no customers the restaurant closes at 7:00 p.m.
Reservations Not accepted
Closed Sunday
Notes ・Don’t bring food or drinks inside the restaurant ・If you take photos inside the restaurant, limit it to your own dish. Walking around the restaurant taking photos will disturb other customers. ・You cannot charge your phone in this restaurant. If you start charging your phone without asking for permission, other customers may trip on the cord. It’s dangerous so please don’t do it.
Price range
Credit cards Not accepted
Good for Solo, With Friends, Business Meeting
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
The couple can only speak Japanese, but they are really friendly, so I’m sure you will be fine with gestures when visiting this restaurant.
Menu Japanese only
Lanuages spoken Japanese only
Number of seats Table seating for 10 and counter seating for 5 people .
Private dining rooms None
Non smoking / smoking Non smoking
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