Yes, let's go to Kanda Yabu, a gem of a traditional Soba parlar established in Meiji era.
It is said that a first Yabu Soba started
during early Edo years. In the mid Edo era, there were a dozen of Soba parlers
with the name "Yabu Soma" all around Edo, an old name of Tokyo.
Amongst all, Tsutaya (Ivy) Yabu Soba in Dango Zaka was the most renowned and
prospered. One of the branches of Tsutaya was exactly in this location. Hotta
Shichibei, an ancester of current owner family, was allowed to own it in 1880.
In the mid Meiji era, the original "Tsutaya" faced a financial trouble and this
parler succeeded "Yabu Soba" brand as a flag ship shop.
Kanda Yabu was unfortunately caught in a fire a year ago and closed for long
time. I was very pleased to hear that the parler reopened just a week ago and
immediately visited this weekend. I miss the previous structure last for more
than 100 years but new premises is still traditional enough with good
atmosphere. I hope it continues to operate forever as a benchmark of Soba
restaurants in Tokyo.
Kanda Yabu Soba
2-10 Kanda-Awajichō Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Telephone +81 3251 0287