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.