Aug. 08, 2019 UPDATE

Sanmikouan

- 三味洪庵(さんみこうあん) -
Indulge in 150 years of culinary experience on a Kyoto riverside terrace
Flowing down from by Mt. Heian, Shiragawa River makes it way through the Nanzen-ji Temple and Heian Shrine, to eventually arive in the Gion district. Standing on the banks of this quaint stream is the storied soba restaurant, Sanmikouan. Established as a wholesaler in 1861, Sanmikouan accepted the changing of times and began supporting the people of Kyoto as a restaurant and whole seller of Tsukudani preserves. With its tsukudani, Sanmikouan firmly established itself as one of Kyoto’s most beloved Ozoyo (traditional Kyoto home-cooked side dishes) provider. With a desire to share their generations of culinary experience with the world, Sanmikouan decided to rebrand as a soba restaurant in 2017. At the forever changing Sanmikouan there’s been one thing which has stayed constant throughout the years; their undying dedication to quality ingredients. In order to offer a consistent experience, the restaurant selects the perfect soba for each season and use domestically produced bonito flakes for their dashi, and an especially umami-rich soy sauce. The above-mentioned dedication can be felt within each and every one of these ingredients and preparation methods. Sanmikouan use a stone mill to ground their 100% buckwheat soba noodles, of which they serve freshly cut, boiled and plated. Using two forms of rich dashi stock and two kinds of soy sauce in their mirin, sugar, and soy sauce mixture, Sanmikouan match their Tsuyu noodle dipping sauce to each dish they serve, changing the amount of each ingredient accordingly. Make your way to Sanmikouan and experience the attention paid to each ingredient and over 150 years of traditional Kyoto flavors for yourself.
Tajima Gyu (beef) over W/ your Choice of Cold or Warm Soba Noodles
1Recommended
Tajima Gyu (beef) over W/ your Choice of Cold or Warm Soba Noodles / ¥2,500 (Excl. Tax)
Sanmikouan’s Tajima Gyu (beef) over Rice is a limited quantity set meal only offered at lunchtime. The meat used is the Tajimaguro strain of Kuro Wagyu (Kobe beef) and comes from a contracted farm in the Hyogo Prefecture. Borrowing techniques from ozoyo (traditional Kyoto home-cooked side dishes), Sanmikouan cook their wagyu in soy sauce give it both a sweet and savory flavor. This combination works to bring out the sweetness of the bed of white rice beneath the meat and is simply irresistible. The high-quality soba will have you wanting to dig right back into the wagyu, while the wagyu will have you wanting to do the opposite; a never-ending loop of deliciousness. We recommend this set for those times when you need to treat yourself.
Fresh Yuba Soba
2Recommended
Fresh Yuba Soba / ¥1200 (Excl. Tax)
This very Kyoto-esque dish features the unique pairing of yuba (tofu skin) and soba. The combination of fresh yuba from the long-running yuba maker Fujisei, and the smooth, refreshing cold soba noodles makes for one delicious meal. One mouthful of this full-bodied, soft and tsuyu drenched yuba will have you in tofu heaven. The noodles come with a good helping of Nametake mushrooms, sliced omelet, sliced fried tofu and Kujo leeks on the side. These Yakumi side condiments allow you to enjoy a whole world of different flavors and textures. We recommend this dish to anyone wanting to try a bowl of traditionally Kyoto soba.
Tororo Cold Soba
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Tororo Cold Soba / ¥1100 (Excl. Tax)
This bowl of Tororo Cold Soba, perfect for the summer, features a helping of perfectly grated sticky Japanese yam over cold soba noodles. The stickiness of the grated yam gives the already smooth soba an even more exceptional silkiness, allowing them to simply glide down your throat. This dish is also quite nutritious, making it the perfect meal for after a long day of trekking around Kyoto. If the noodles are too slippery and you're finding it hard to grab them with your chopsticks, try pouring the dipping sauce right into the bowl. Don't worry; no one will think you're rude for doing so.
Souvenirs
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Souvenirs / ¥600~ (Excl. Tax)
Sanmikouan offer a range of packaged goods that are great for taking home or as souvenirs. The line up of goods features a range of excellent ozoyo Kyoto home-style side dishes which utilize Sanmikouan's generations of culinary experience. Some items include, the award-winning Chirimen Sansho (dried whitebait and Japanese pepper), Iwashi Umeni (sardines stewed with Japanese plums), and Ume compote (Japanese plum jam). In addition to the regular Chirimen Sansho, there are also other, less common, flavors too, such as Yuzu, ginger, and beef. The best before date is roughly one month, and as they can be kept at room temperature, you can easily chuck them in your suitcase and take them home with you too! For any lovers of white rice out there, we highly recommend any of these exceptional items; all of which go perfect on some steaming hot rice.
How to Order

The building that houses Sanmikouan is over 100 years old and has been designated a structure of “Historical Scenic Beauty” by Kyoto city.

As the building is so old, there are areas which are rather fragile, so please do not lean on or put your feet on any of the walls.

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- Order Tips -

1.English menus are available.

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2. The river-side terrace seating is quite popular, so we recommend going slightly after lunchtime, at around 1 PM – 2:30 PM, if you want to snag yourself this breezy seating option. 

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3.4 food3.0 service3.0 atmosphere4.3
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Overseas Tourist-Friendly
Miyabi
3.3 food3.0 service3.0 atmosphere4.0
The outside of the restaurant had a traditional charm, and we were instantly sucked in by the atmosphere of the restaurant when we stepped foot inside. The old beams and wattle and daub walls gave off a profound sense of history, while the cool breeze and flowers of the outdoor terrace wrapped us in a pleasant natural vibe. Sanmikouan is truly one of the only places in Kyoto that offers such a wonderful atmosphere, and for those wanting to even further deepen their experience of japan’s ancient capital, I highly suggest ordering the Fresh Yuba Soba. The combination of the strong flavors of soy sauce from the tsuyu dipping sauce and the creaminess of the yuba was absolutely delicious. The further addition of the yakumi also helped take the flavors and textures of the dish to a whole other level. Definitely worth a try!
Sakurako
3.5 food3.0 service3.0 atmosphere4.5
All I can say is that the terrace seating was simply amazing. Even though this restaurant is close to the station, the outdoor seats were quiet. The abundance of greenery around the seats also allowed us to not have to worry about anyone around us. Not only that, but the seats' close proximity to the river let us relax and refresh. My personal recommendation is the Tajima Gyu (beef) over Rice set. Not only is having beef and soba together rather rare in the first place, but the combination of the sweet and savory beef with the refreshing flavors of the soba noodles was simply excellent. The set was quite large, but I still managed to scoop it all down. If you get the chance, definitely try it for yourself.
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Sanmikouan / 三味洪庵(さんみこうあん)
Category Soba Noodles
Phone +81 75-771-0952
Address Eng: 393, Sekisenincho, Kyoto Shi Higashiyama Ku, Kyoto Fu, 605-0021, Japan Jpn: 京都府京都市東山区3条通北裏白川筋西入ル石泉院町393
Directions 1- minute walk from Subway Higashiyama Station 15 minutes by bus to “Higashiyama Sanjo” from Kyoto Station
Open Hours Store: 11:00 – 20:00 Restaurant (Lunch): 11:00 – 15:00 Restaurant (Dinner): 17:00 – 20:30 (Last order: 20:00)
Reservations Available *Cancellation available up to 2 days prior. Cancellations on or before the booked day will result in a cancellation fee equal to that of the number of people in the party
Closed Mondays (if public holiday, then closed day will be moved to Tuesday) Additional closuers during the summer and new years holidays may occur. Check the Facebook page “Sanmikouan” for more details.
Price range
¥1000~¥3000
Credit cards VISA, MASTER, JCB, AMEX, Diners / ALIPAY available
Good for Solo, Romantic, With Friends, Families with Children, Business Meeting
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
Wi-Fi and English menus available
Menu English
Lanuages spoken Some staff speak basic English
Number of seats 28
Private dining rooms Unavailable
Non smoking / smoking Non-smoking
URL1 https://sanmikouan.jp/
URL2 https://www.instagram.com/sanmikouan_kyoto/?hl=ja
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