Pre-soba sake & post-sake soba – Enjoy Japan’s soba culture, delicious duck and profound sincerity
Located one bus stop over from Kinkaku-ji (The Golden Pavilion) sits the restaurant Soba Shubo Ichii.
Living up to its name, this restaurant has been serving both soba noodles, a massive range of different Japanese sake, and Sobamae (pre-soba appetizers and drinks), since it opened its doors in 2015.
Owner Ichihara told us that what he loved about sobamae was that it allows you to sit back with a drink, have a snack and enjoy a bowl of soba, all in one place. He continued by saying that his reason for opening Ichii was that he wished to make sobamae a known part of Japanese food culture.
In addition to his love for soba, Ichihara also has a fierce dedication to quality ingredients as well.
Ichii’s soba noodles are cut fresh every day and boiled in beautiful water from the mountainous area of Kyomi-toge. The rather bougie dashi soup stock features Kafuka grown Rishi kombu and Wasanbon sugar for added flavor.
The vegetables are all home-grown, while the exquisite duck meat is a brand called Kawachi Kamo. Including Ichii, the number of restaurants that offer this specific brand of duck meat in Kyoto can be counted on one hand.
In addition, everything served at Ichii is additive and pesticide-free.
Owner Ichihara’s devotion can truly be seen reflected in this absolute thoroughness. Ichihara believes that “The best food is that made with sincerity and love for the person eating it. That’s why mother’s cooking made with love for her child tops anything else.” The tenderness that comes from this sincerity he talks about and his refined culinary skills are both fully on display in every one of his dishes.
At Soba Shubo Ichii, you’re sure to be treated to both beautiful dishes made with honesty and sincerity and the Japanese culture of drinking at soba shops.