Honmura An – Best Soba in Tokyo


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!





Honmura An
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


12 thoughts on “Honmura An – Best Soba in Tokyo

  1. Looks delicious – I must admit I was put off by the mention of Michelin stars for price reasons but the lunch menu looks good. Do you get a decent portion for that 800 yen? The portion in the photo looks reasonable enough.

      • :-) They are of pro standard. It is very hard to take good photos of food and interiors, you do a great job!

    • Isn’t that surprising?! It’s a really good deal. Their other dishes are also great, but the soba is the star. One soba order is enough to get me full, but the other dishes are also very good!

  2. Just stumbled across your blog and wanted to comment on how terrific your posts are! Will be following you :) Also, I agree with the above sentiments. May I ask what camera you use to shoot with?

    • Hi Lisa! Thanks so much – you’re so sweet! I shoot with 2 cameras: a Nikon D3000 DSLR and a smaller point and shoot when I’m traveling, Sony RX100. If you’re in the market for a camera, I am absolutely in love with my RX100 :) Do you have a blog too? I’d love to check it out!

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  4. Another soba fan! Have you been to Yamadera? The soba from there is supposed to be famous all over Japan. Zarusoba is the perfect meal for the hot summer here in Japan.

    Keep up the good work.

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