Aug. 21, 2019 UPDATE


- 竹邑庵太郎敦盛(ちくゆうあんたろうあつもり) -
Flipping Soba on its Head – Hot Soba Packed with Love and Nutrients
Since Chikuyuuantarouatsumori was founded in 1987, they have been serving a style of warm soba noodles known as atsumori. This restaurant was born out of the simple idea of the original owner and current owner Kobayashi's mother: "Why is it that this world is so overflowing with beautiful things, yet people seem so down all the time?" Kobayashi's mother began the restaurant with the desire to feed people food that would be good for them. Even now, as we leave the Heisei Era behind and head into Japan's new era of Reiwa, the soba at Chikuyuuantarouatsumori, which was born out of such a motherly love, is still capturing the hearts and minds of people all around. What exactly is "atsumori-soba"? Up til now, the prominent form of warm soba has been kake-soba, boiled noodles placed in a warm tsuyu broth. However, at Chikuyuuantarouatsumori, atsumori-soba is hot noodles, right out of the pot, served in a bamboo steamer. The warm soba is served alongside a warm bowl of tsuyu dipping sauce as well. Throughout the entirety of Japan, let alone the borders of Kyoto, restaurants that serve this style of atsumori-soba are incredibly few and far between. The dark color that greets you as you open the bamboo steamer is proof that the soba is made from whole grains and is nutrient-packed. The menu only contains two items, Atsumori-soba, and Okkake-zarusoba. A defining feature of Chikuyuuantarouatsumori is that they don't serve anything unnecessary or over the top. However, don't look down on this simple menu, as there's a world of surprise and wonder among the tangles of black noodles, mountains of Kujo leeks, hidden egg yolks, traditionally served tsuyu dipping sauce and dried plums, waiting for you.
Atsumori-soba / ¥900 (Inc. Tax)
Atsumori-soba, a staple of Chikuyuuantarouatsumori. When you open the lid of the special bamboo steamer, the thick, black noodles will let off a cloud of steam that's quickly followed by the undeniable aroma of buckwheat. Accompanying the soba will be a side of egg and Kujo leek filled tsuyu dipping sauce. This mixture gives off the pleasant aroma of Rishiri kombu and bonito flakes. Dipping a helping of noodles into this mixture and giving yourself up to the blissful world of flavors is the Chikuyuuantarouatsumori way. The fragrant aroma of the wholegrain soba together with the crunchy Kujo leeks and creamy egg give the whole ordeal a unique texture that is sure to have you coming back for more. In addition to being a playground of textures and flavors, this dish is full of the best nutrients the ingredients have to offer; making it both good for your body and soul. We recommend this dish to both those that are familiar with atsumori-soba and those who had never heard of it before.
Okkake Zarusoba
Okkake Zarusoba / ¥900 (Inc. Tax)
Okkake Zarusoba is the same whole grain soba as in the Atsumori-soba, only it's gone through a bath of ice water and served cold. Heaped into traditional Japanese Izushi ware bowls, this soba is served in a few small, individual servings. In addition to the whole egg and Kujo leeks we saw in the Atsumori-soba, the tsuyu dipping sauce here also includes Tororo grated Japanese mountain yam, giving the dish that extra volume it needs to really fill you up. Enjoy the cold soba by dipping a hardy amount into the dipping sauce mixture. The nutritious grated yam goes down smoothly and makes this dish great for those appetite killing hot summer days. One order includes five bowls of soba. Additional soba can be ordered by the bowl.
Soba Karinto
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Soba Karinto / ¥300 (Inc. Tax)
Karinto are dried Japanese sweets made from deep-fried flour and sweetened with brown sugar and honey. However, these Soba Karinto, sold in the restaurant, use the store’s buckwheat flour as its main ingredient. These snacks offer the undeniable aroma of soba in crunchy, bite-sized pieces. They are also great as souvenirs, as they are light and easy to carry, not to mention, reasonably priced.
Let's Tries
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After you order your soba, you will be served tsuyu dipping sauce in a traditional tokkuri flask, a helping of Kujo leeks atop a Miyazaki Prefecture sourced egg, and dried Japanese plums. First, pour your desired amount of tsuyu dipping sauce into the egg and leek mixture. Once you have thoroughly mixed the egg with the leeks, and sauce, your dipping sauce mixture will be complete and ready to eat. The Atsumori-soba is meant to be eaten while the noodles are still hot, so it’s best to make your dipping sauce mixture in advance, while you wait for you noodles to be served. The special dried plums, which are Nanko-ume from the Kishu domain of Wakayama prefecture, are palate cleansers. If you have any questions, feel free to ask one of the staff; they will be sure to kindly answer any queries to the best of their ability.
How to Order

Both dishes here contain buckwheat, egg and nagaimo Japanese mountain yam, so we advise those with allergies avoid the restaurant altogether.

Also, note that infants are not allowed in the restaurant. 

This restaurant has a one person one order system, so please avoid ordering one dish and sharing it between multiple people. 

There are no car parks, so for those who intend on coming by car, please find a coin parking space nearby.

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There is an English menu available as well. 

Each dish is usually acompanied by a mountain of chopped Kujo leeks; however, if you wish, you can ask for less or even none. They will also be glad to leave out the egg or tororo mountain yam if you ask as well.

For the Okkake-zarusoba, you can add additional soba by the bowl, so it’s a great choice for those wanting to control how much they eat/eat more. 

One of the best aspects of this restaurant is their flexability in changing dishes to fit peoples preferences and daily moods, so don’t be afraid to let your likes and dislikes be known.

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Overseas Tourist-Friendly
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Although I myself am Japanese, this was my first time encountering this style of Atsumori soba. At first I wasn’t quite sure how to eat it, but owner Kobayashi kindly taught me the tricks to enjoying it, and I have to say, after that, it was absolutely amazing! The tsuyu was not a simple tsuyu dipping sauce, but almost like a salad with all the chopped Kujo leeks that fill your cheeks as you practically “eat” your way through it. The raw Kujo leeks were unencumbered by any spice, which allowed for the natural quality of the leeks to really shine through. For someone like me who absolutely loves Kujo leeks, they were simply irresistible. From the design, and furnishings of the interior to the flavors and way you eat the soba, this restaurant as truly a many faceted beast.
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This restaurant sets itself apart from other soba shops with its unique flavors and ways to enjoy the noodles. I always thought of soba as something you eat with dashi filled tsuyu, so I was in awe with the restaurant’s unique method of having the soba with a tsuyu, Kujo leek and egg mixture. The combination of the sweet, dashi flavored tsuyu with the creamy egg and crunchy leeks brought about absolute bliss in my mouth. The soft and fluffy steamed soba had a texture like no other, so please, do try these wonderful palate cleansing flavors for yourself. From the stacked bamboo steamers to the colorful zabuton cushions, this restaurant’s abundance of photogenic spots was also a great highlight!
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Chikuyuuantarouatsumori / 竹邑庵太郎敦盛(ちくゆうあんたろうあつもり)
Category Soba Noodles
Phone +81 75-256-2665
Address Eng: 242-12, Yoancho, Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto City 602-8022, Japan Jpn: 京都府京都市上京区椹木町通烏丸西入養安町242-12
Directions 1 Minutes’ walk left of Exit 2 of Subway “Marutamachi Sta.” Right outside City Bus “Karasuma Maruta” Bus Stop
Open Hours 11:00-15:00 (Last Order 14:30) 18:00-21:00 (Last Order 20:30) (Only open for lunch on Saturdays)
Reservations Unavailable
Closed Sundays and Holidays
Notes Children are Not Allowed
Price range
Credit cards Credit Card Payments Unavailable
Good for Solo, With Friends
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
Basic English
Menu English
Lanuages spoken Japanese and Basic English
Number of seats 30 (Only Japanese style floor seating)
Private dining rooms Unavailable
Non smoking / smoking Entirely Smoking
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