Nice soba restaurant!

21 Nov

Kyouzanbou
nearest train station: Not accessible by train
location: Susono, Shizuoka
phone: 0559-98-0170
open: 11:30am- 6:00pm
close: Mondays and the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays

I had a chance to visit this nice Soba restaurant the other day, on the way to an onsen hotel in Shizuoka with a family of my husband’s.


Unfortunately the weather was terrible. It was heavily raining. Yet, there were already some people waiting before the restaurant opened at 11:30. (*0*)!! My father-in-law fell in love with their soba since he first visited there a few months ago. It’s everyday that people make a line to wait for the opening of the restaurant, according to him. We planned to be there before 11:30 so we should be able to join the queue to enter the restaurant for a lunch. That day was not exceptional, in spite of the terrible weather. What a surprise!

I was unable to take pictures from outside or the facade of the restaurant because of the heavy rain. It seemed like a typhoon or a storm. >_< I realized the building was a kominka (Japanese old folk house) only after I entered it. Wow! "I've got to blog about it for TKE readers!" 😀 Actually it's not common any longer in Japan to have a irori fireplace in a house we live in today. It might be the first time for me to see it. :p

As always, I tend to be more interested in the atmosphere and interior of the restaurant than the taste. haha! You see how many interior pictures I took there, compared with only a few food pictures. ^ ^;;

We were seated on the wood floor (not directly but on zabuton, or a floor cushion).

But there was also a large tatami room connecting from the wood floor + irori fireplace area. Whichever tables, we had to sit on the floor folding legs, you know, the traditional Japanese way. Men can sit with agura style (sit with his legs crossed in front of his body) but that’s considered bad manners for women. Women are recommended to sit with seiza style (sit on her heels) but that is not comfortable for me. I don’t like to sit on the floor in Japanese style.

Oh, but it’s possible this table has a space to place legs under the table. It’s called “horigotatsu” (掘りごたつ) in Japanese. In case of horigotatsu, we can sit on zabuton without folding legs and we can sit like we do on a chair. I like that. 🙂

The menu looked so nice! 🙂

I ordered a set of 3 kinds of soba noodles. The normal one, thick one and the thin one in pink color. According to my father-in-law, the pink soba can be green when it’s Matcha tea flavor. This time, it was pink because it was shrimp flavor, according to the restaurant. But it didn’t taste like shrimp at all. Maybe the taste was too subtle but I put a little too much of wasabi and grated Japanese radish inside the soba dipping soup…

When I first saw this thick soba, I thought I wouldn’t like it. I’ve never seen or tasted such thick soba noodle ever in my life! But as it turned out, it was good especially when I kept chewing it for a while. 🙂

My husband ordered the same set as mine but with tempura (deep fried shrimp and vegetables). I was too busy eating my soba to take pictures of all the other family members’. But my father-in-law was eating a hot soba and told us that we would find out the hot one was better as we eat more and more.

I enjoyed the interior and the thick soba was interesting. But hmmm…the normal one didn’t taste very special to me. I didn’t like the thin one in shrimp flavor so much. So…I don’t know why this place attracts people that much. But if you have a chance to drive near this area, you can try it! 😉

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15 Responses to “Nice soba restaurant!”

  1. Lore November 21, 2011 at 2:49 pm #

    this restaurant look so traditional!! the kind of place that a tourist would like to visit in japan. I have to practise my seiza position

  2. Troo November 21, 2011 at 7:02 pm #

    I can't sit in seiza for too long, even with a zabuton 😦 Horigotatsu are far more comfortable for me 😀

    It's a shame the soba wasn't that amazing, because the atmosphere at this restaurant looks very special indeed 🙂

    • kirin November 22, 2011 at 1:08 pm #

      Even us, the locals would love this atmosphere! The soba was good but not so very very special to me. ^ ^;;

  3. Talvez... November 21, 2011 at 7:06 pm #

    Ah, we have restaurants made like traditional houses too 🙂 They have a very cosy environment.

    The taste is it comparable with any kind of Western food?

    • kirin November 22, 2011 at 1:12 pm #

      How soba tastes? Hmm….it's a difficult question. Soba is buckwheat noodle. So it's different from pasta or ramen. It's considered a healthy food. Oh, I think some French galette is made from buckwheat flour, the same ingredient. ^ ^;;

  4. winnie November 22, 2011 at 7:59 am #

    Hi Kirin,

    The interior of the restaurant look extremely interesting! I love it!
    The menu is cool!!
    I wish I can go there to eat the Soba. My Hubby and daughter love Cold soba, I prefer Hot soba which I think it's more delicious.
    Maybe if I can go to this restaurant, I would like to try the same set as you.

    Thank you for the information. 🙂

    • kirin November 22, 2011 at 1:18 pm #

      Hi Winnie,

      Usually I like cold soba more than hot one, but now the weather is getting cold, hot one should be great! ^_^
      You can check out the link (the bold blue letter "Kyouzanbou" at the top of the post) for more details should you plan to visit this restaurant.

      Kirin 😉

  5. Alberto November 23, 2011 at 9:55 am #

    What a lovable restaurant!!! It looks so welcoming, warm and familiar.
    I reminds me those Akira Kurosawa movies where we can see some traditional restaurants. If I would enter there, I would feel like a Samurai or a Shogun or something ^_^
    Also I remember a movie from Yasujiro Ozu titled Floating Weeds (Ukigusa in Roumanji) where we can see Sake restaurants that looks similar to this one 🙂
    I recommend you all that movie.

    As you say, the food itself was nothing really special or something you will not forget, but that is like design food: many people says that they go to a restaurant to eat, but I think that we go to a restaurant to have new sensations, not only eating food, because eating can be done in our homes. I such restaurants, the aim is to help us to discover new sensation using other senses, not exclusively your tonge, but also your nose, your tact, your eyes and even your hearing.

    My ex-GF and me always went to a design restaurant at my city. She always said "baaaah, this restaurant only serves little pieces of food. I want to take a real dinner with lots of food. I'm not likely coming to this place again". But the next month, she asked me to go back ^_^ So, it's demonstrated that the experience was something good.

    In conclusion: if you had a nice time there and discovered new sensations that enhances the act of eating, then to this restaurant worth going more than others that only server food.

    • kirin November 25, 2011 at 12:54 am #

      Thank you for your comment, Alberto.
      Yes, it was a good experience and I'm already satisfied with the atmosphere and interior of the restaurant. It was also good that I tasted such thick soba noodles and that tasted good. 🙂

  6. Apple November 24, 2011 at 3:20 pm #

    Kirin! I love this post so much!! Thanks for sharing good food in Japan!! I love the interior of this restaurant sooo much! I wanna gooooo. Haha!

    I prefer cold soba too…maybe because it was the 1st few Japanese food introduced to me. The first time when I tried it, I was so surprised, because as a Chinese, this was very new to me. Chinese always like to eat hot food. Our grandmothers love to say, "Hurry eat this…eat this before it turns cold!" / "If it turns cold, it wouldn't be nice anymore." and they usually shudder at cold food. Especially noodles…a hot, steaming bowl of noodles is more familiar to us. So when I first ate cold soba (which was served in a bamboo basket over a bento box of ice), I was intrigued! I thought, "How would this taste nice??" But when I dipped my matcha soba into the dipping sauce with negi…I was hooked! I couldn't stop slurping the nicely-textured soba noodles.

    Hehe! So that's my soba story. Haha!

    • kirin November 25, 2011 at 1:05 am #

      I remember the Chinese don't think it's good for health to eat cold food such as sushi, sashimi and soba. :p But we love them. haha!

  7. Tracy November 30, 2011 at 1:19 pm #

    Its all about bringing and reminiscing to their culture or tradition. How I wish to go there and Taste their delicacies! ^_^

    • kirin December 3, 2011 at 1:48 am #

      The old house, especially the irori fireplace was quite new to me. I think it was my first time to see it outside TV screen, but the real one. ^_^

  8. JosephineOlson November 30, 2011 at 2:32 pm #

    Nice restaurant. Has a unique style and the design is simple. I'm sure, many people will enjoy eating there. ❤

    • kirin December 3, 2011 at 1:49 am #

      Old Japanese houses looked like this, but I've only seen them on TV. So it was a nice experience to me, too. ^ ^

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