Honmura An has long been one of my favorite restaurants in Tokyo. It’s one of the many Michelin-starred restaurants here and specializes in handmade soba. The soba here is sublime. It’s the perfect smooth and chewy texture, and you can really taste a deep buckwheat flavor. The dipping sauce is even more elegant here. They serve a wide variety of soba on their menu – from plain soba served in a bamboo box or soba topped with uni.
Aside from soba, Honmura An‘s other dishes are also done with such finesse. Most use seasonal ingredients and are based on traditional Japanese recipes such as kinpira salad or sweetened lotus root. One of my favorites is the soba salad (pictured above). For dinner, the dishes are tapas-style with an even larger seasonal menu.
Tip: If you’re on a budget, go for lunch and order the zaru soba (soba topped with seaweed). You’ll get to experience this Michelin-starred restaurant for just over 800 yen – cheaper than some ramen joints!
7-14-18 Roppongi, Minato-ku Tokyo
M-F 12-2:30, 5:30-10; S-S 12-2:30, 5-9:30
All non-smoking, reservations recommended for peak lunch and all dinners