Located a 5-minute walk away from Tenjinbashisuji Rokuchome Station, 1-star Soba Takama serves glorious soba noodles at highly affordable prices. It might be one of the most affordable Michelin starred meals in the city!
Soba Takama - image © Florentyna Leow
Mention ‘Michelin star’ and most people will assume that eating at a restaurant with one will leave you a hundred dollars or several poorer than when you went in. But most people don’t reckon on a restaurant like Takama. The lunch-only Takama serves hearty but exquisitely-made soba noodles that’ll ruin you for most other buckwheat noodles, and a meal there will only set you back around JPY2,500 at most.
Soba Takama - image © Florentyna Leow
You have two choices of soba noodles here: the regular ‘mori’ soba made from marunuki (hulled, natural buckwheat) or ‘inaka’ soba made from hikigurumi (whole buckwheat flour). The latter has a more robust profile than the former and makes for a more rustic slurp - unsurprisingly, since ‘inaka’ translates to ‘countryside.’
Noodles aside, there’s plenty of side dishes to keep you occupied. Their dashimaki (Japanese-style rolled omelette with dashi) is a stellar example of the genre, while dishes like miso-pickled tofu and yaki-miso with buckwheat seeds and grated leeks are the kind of umami-packed flavour bombs that beg for a flagon of beer alongside to wash it all down. Go with friends if you can and share a number of side dishes.
Reservations aren’t essential at Takama, but if you do decide to just turn up on the day, expect a queue, since it’s popular enough that customers turn up 30 minutes before opening time to snag seats here.
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7-12-14 Tenjinbashi, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, 531-0041
Subway and Train: 4-minute walk from exit 6 of Tenjimbashisuji 6-chome Station on the Osaka Metro Tanimachi and Sakaisuji Lines, and Hankyu Senri Line.
:: Read customer reviews of Soba Takama on TripAdvisor.
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