Sato Yosuke specializes in Inaniwa style udon noodles, which hail from the Akita prefecture in northern Japan. Compared to, let’s say, the udon noodle packs you buy in the frozen aisle of your local Japanese grocery store, these are thinner, smoother, and of course hand made and hand cut to order. Not that you’d expect any less in Japan.
They have both hot and cold noodle dishes. The cold udon is served separately from the sauce, either with a soy-based broth to pour over the noodles, or tsukemen-style dipping sauces (including some Asian fusion flavors like Thai curry). They also have hot noodles that are served in the broth.
The Ginza location has two dining spaces, one at the ground level and one upstairs with private dining rooms to make you really feel like a special meal. Also, if you visit Akita, you can also tour the factory and do a cooking workshop too!
|Address||Ginza location Japan, 〒104-0061 Tokyo, Chuo City, Ginza, 6 Chome−4−17 出井本館|
Weekdays: 11:30-14:30, 17:00-01:30
|Price||$$ – dishes and sets range from ~800-1500¥ (~$7-14)|
|Aesthetic||traditional japanese, lots of neutrals, and food served in trays of cute Japanese porcelain|
Go here for: a noodle-forward lunch or dinner
Order this: bias toward the cold udon dishes, it lets you truly appreciate the texture of the noodles
Amount of time to spend: a normal, leisurely meal time
When to come: whenever you’re hungry – Ginza location seems to have plenty of seating
Getting here: Tokyo locations are all pretty easily accessible by subway
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Last visited: May 2018
Last updated: June 2020