The Tempura soba at Kamakura Matsubara-An Keyaki, in Harajuku.
This is the pinnacle of soba. This Harajuku hideout is the perfect way to surprise your guest visiting the bustling city. Once you step through the entrance of the restaurant, you find yourself in a serene, traditional Japanese style interior that is a stark contrast to the touristy Harajuku girl fashion, and the SuPrEmE hypebeast re-sale shops.
This place is actually the Harajuku annex of the prestigious soba specialty restaurant “Matsubara-An “located near Yuigahama, of the Kamakura area. The name “Keyaki” comes from the Keyaki (Zelkova) trees planted along the Omotesando street, which you can peer over when seated at the window/counter seating.
Now this Tempura soba is not the cheapest lunch you can have in Harajuku, but well worth the price. The Tempura is crispy but the batter is light, and it doesn’t overpower the taste. The broth has a bottomless depth of umami, with a sweet and hearty aftertaste. It’s utterly incredible.
What’s more, Soba is traditionally enjoyed with Sake. Matsubara-An has an extensive selection of Sake to match with your perfect bowl of Soba. You won’t be disappointed. .