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“Great Soba”
Review of Kobayashi-Soba

Kobayashi-Soba
Ranked #2 of 1,794 Restaurants in Matsumoto
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 31 August 2013

The restaurant is located in a small alley about 5 minutes away by foot from Matsumoto Castle and from the hotel where we were staying (Marunouchi Matsumoto). We ended up going for lunch and dinner during our stay.

This place serves different sorts of soba (zaru soba which is soba that you dip it sauce and is their specialty, cold broth soba and hot broth soba). They also have a nice set of side dishes to enjoy. A very good point as well is that they have a full English menu which is well drafted (a rarity in Japan).

For lunch, my wife and I had the zaru soba with tempura (you can choose between a normal set or a large set, the normal set is already quite enough). The tempura was very good, not too oily. The soba noodles were very tasty. One very nice aspect is that they give you a wasabi root for you to grate your wasabi to put in the dipping sauce. We also had two side dishes: soba gaki which is a form of soba paste that you dip in soy sauce, with some wasabi and daikon and mushrooms which are served with daikon as well. Both were very good.

For dinner, my wife had a hot broth soba with mountain vegetables, which was very tasty, and I had a cold broth soba with grated yam. A very unusual experience but very good and definitely one to try if you've already had other forms of soba. We had a side dish of marinated herring that was incredible.

Service was nice and attentive. They always explained what we were supposed to do with the different ingredients on the table (like the wasabi to grate for instance).

They also have a shop if you want to bring back some soba noodles or a wasabi root.

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Reviewed 9 August 2013

The receptions staff at Harmonie Bien recommended this restaurant. We had a late lunch and were not too hungry as we had eaten a lot the night before. We opted for the traditional soba options. The restaurant is a beautiful little gem with excellent noodles. They have an English menu which is very helpful, but this is no tourist trap. The soba noddles be some of the best other world.

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Reviewed 2 July 2013

We have just arrived in Matsumoto mid afternoon and we were hungry. We were looking for another restaurant which we found to be closed. Nearby, this soba house was open. So in we went. Serendipity was indeed delicious! The friendly owner received us with a smile and we were helped through the menu. All three of us got excellent, authentic Japanese soba dishes like which we had never tasted. This place should be on everyone's list of places to eat in Matsumoto, especially if they like Japanese noodles.

Thank H H
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Reviewed 22 March 2013

My wife and I enjoyed their full-fledged service and the Mori-Soba's taste at this time-honored Japanese Soba restaurant, Kobayashi. You can hear the explanation about how to enjoy their Soba from the waiter with the temparament of a seasoned artisan before trying their foods.


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Reviewed 20 May 2012

Excellent artisanal soba, especially for lunch. Through-glass view into the kitchen where soba is hand-made. For most kinds of serving, guests grate their own wasibi on small shark skin graters. Excellent service & everything.

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Thank brun-san
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