Yudetaro – Soba Noodles From 260yen

Greg Lane

Yudetaro is yet another one of the soba noodle chains that proliferate through Tokyo. I’m not saying that like it’s a bad thing either – soba noodles are the ultimate cheapo fallback when you’re in a hurry, you want something cheap and you don’t want it to be horribly unhealthy.

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Yudetaro is one of the more established chains, so their stores tend to be slightly tired looking. Despite the upmarket locale of the store I visited (the Aoyama 1-Chome branch), the interior was basic and utilitarian with a definite ‘salary man space’ feel to it. Ceiling lights were of the round opaque cover over a flickering flourescent tube variety that is popular in Japanese domestic kitchens. Anyway, people who come to places like Yudetaro are in a hurry – they don’t linger for the relaxing atmosphere.

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As is common with soba noodle chain stores, ordering happens at a machine near the entrance. While other shops have numbers next to their plastic food displays or even English, there is no such accommodation here – all the options are written in Japanese characters only. I suspect this is an older store though, so you might find more friendly machines at other branches.

I went for the Tanuki Soba for 380yen. The noodles are a light, pale colour (like Komoro Soba) with a piece of sweet Inari tofu on top, with agedama, wakame seaweed and spring onions sprinkled on top.

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The portion size was very generous, the noodles were slightly on the soft side but probably because I left them too long in the broth while taking notes and photographs of my food like some kind of instagram junkie.

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Despite the dour interior, this particular store has a unique feature worth coming here for – outdoor seating in a terrace area. So if you want to enjoy your meal at a sub-salariman pace and take in some of the local flora and fauna on a warm day, this is a great place to stop by.

Name: Yudetaro (ゆで太郎)
Pricing info: 260 to 430yen for soba or donburi, 500 to 650yen for set meals
Location(s): Aoyama,
Web: http://www.yudetarou.com/
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