May 22, 2013

Histrical soba restaurant in Toranomon

In orthodox restaurants of soba, Japanese buckwheat noodle, there are three major lineages such as "yabu (藪)", "sunaba (砂場)" and "sarashina (更科)." And among three, it is said "sunaba" is the oldest, whose origin is latter part of 16th century when Toyotomi Hideyoshi built the Osaka castle. When the Tokugawa Shogun moved its government to Edo (Tokyo), they also moved here. One of the branches in Tokyo is Toranomon Sunaba (虎ノ門砂場) which has been continually doing business since 1872.
Toranomon Sunaba 
2nd floor of Toranomon Sunaba
Vegetable tempura 
Soba with Japanese yam sauce 
Same as its long history, Toranomon Sunaba is a traditional Japanese-style building where we can taste soba as feeling like edokko. We have to sit together with other people during rush hour like lunch time, but as we don't stay long, it is not a problem. As you may know, as a smart manner at soba restaurants, it is advisable to leave the restaurant soon after having short break of eating.

The taste of Toranomon Sunaba is definitely good. It is the one everyone likes. Moreover, the texture is very nice. Japanese yam sauce was a good harmony with the sophisticated soba. Tempura was also crispy and tasty enough. But the price is a bit high because of their fame. Tempura was JPY1,200 and soba with yam sauce was JPY900. If you'd like to enjoy the historical atmosphere of Sunaba, it might be affordable and if not, it might be a less cost effective. My rating is 3.2 out of 5. Gochiso-samadeshita!

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