Photo by Gregory Lane
Review: Michelin Star Dining on the Cheap: Kyourakutei
Related Itinerary: Tastes of Tokyo: A 3-Day Culinary Itinerary
Japanese script: 蕎楽亭
Address: 3-6 Kagurazaka, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo [map]
Phone: 03-3269-3233 03-3269-3233
Access: 0.5 km from Iidabashi Station Namboku Line (N10)Tozai Line (T6)Yurakucho Line (Y13)Oedo Line (E6)Chūō-Sōbu Line (JB24)
0.6 km from Kagurazaka Station Tozai Line (T5)
1.0 km from Ichigaya Station Namboku Line (N9)Yurakucho Line (Y14)Shinjuku Line (S4)Chūō-Sōbu Line (JB25)
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:30 am - 2:30 pm, 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm; Monday: 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Payment options: Cash only
Smoking:  No smoking

Kyourakutei is was a one Michelin-star soba and tempura restaurant located in Kagurazaka (even though they don’t have a Michelin star any more, they’re still highly regarded).

The menu starts from 900 yen, but that’s just for plain old soba noodles. The soba noodles are great, but you’d be missing the point if you didn’t add some tempura as well.

The ten-zaru set (cold soba and a selection of seasonal tempura goodies) at ¥2,400 offers about 6 different pieces of fresh, crisp tempura with a mix of seafood and vegetables.

Photo by Gregory Lane

The store opens at 11:30am for lunch and there is always a queue. If you turn up around 11:15 you will be amongst the first in line.

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