Friday, September 25, 2015 Sharon Halim 0 Comments

The Michelin guide is one of the most famous and respected systems for ratings restaurants across the world and Tokyo, Japan has 267 with at least one michelin star restaurants. However dining in these restaurants require hard work; booking in advanced sometimes months before or Japanese hotel concierge or sometimes a non concierge Japanese speaking. Also these restaurants will be out of reach for most of people cause of the high expensive rates. The good news is many of these restaurants offer a similar menu of their dinner packages for lunch with cheaper prices.

Kyourakutei is one Michelin star restaurants and one of the eight Michelin star soba restaurants in Tokyo. It's located in one of the alley at Kagurazaki dori. About 10 minutes walk from Iidabashi station. Kyourakutei offers an extremely price friendly and wide ranges of lunch menu. They also have an extensive English menu for foreigners.

I visited Kyourakutei on my first day in Tokyo, straight from dropping our baggages at the hotel. It was 1pm when I arrived and there are people lining up in the rain in front of the restaurants, I quickly joined the line. Around 1.30pm I got in and it was warm, cozy, little restaurants. They have some private tables for four lining up on the right of restaurants and there are the counters, I sit at the counters and watch the chef as they work their magic hand preparing the food. It was a good way to start my journey in Japan.

Kyourakutei specialise in the art of making noodles using grain like seeds sourced from Aizu in Fukushima prefecture and it has it's own millstone to ensure all their noodles are freshly milled on the day that they are served. Kyourakutei also famous for their tempura to compliment their soba.

I decided to have chilled hiyamugi (900 yen), hiyamugi is japanese noodle made by wheat flowers and thinner than udon. How to eat: First, add the Yakumi (the condiments) - green onions, grated radish and wasabi to your dipping sauce. Second, dip the noodles to the dipping sauces and slurp it. The noodles are soft and very easy to slurp. After finishing the noodles, they bring you a pot of Sobayu (broth), pour it into the cup and mix it with the dipping sauce and you can enjoy another taste of soba.

I also ordered kamonameko soba in duck soup with meatballs and nameko mushooms (1800 yen). As expected the soba was amazing due to the consistency in texture, size, length and the taste of the noodles. The broth is tasty and have a deep earthy flavours, the egg was made perfectly as well as the mushrooms. 

And the last but definitely not the least is their tempura - two Japanese tiger shrimps, conger eels, two some seafoods and vegetables (4300 yen). It was unbelievably crisp, fluffy and delicate tempura. The amazing thing is they are not oily at all.

In Japan they rarely gives you spoon for soup because in Japan slurping is consider the Japanese way and it's not rude at all.

Walking out, I thought to my self Kyourakutei reputations is well deserved.

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Monday: 5pm-8.30pm
Tuesday - Saturday: 11.30am-2.30pm & 5.30pm-8.30pm

Kyourakutei (Japanese only)
+813 3269 3233
Kagurazaka kan 1F, 3-6 Kagurazaka
Shinjuku ku, Tokyo
Japan 162 0825