#9. The Taste of Tradition at Honke Owariya Honten
Honke Owariya Honten is a Kyoto institution. This famed buckwheat noodle soba restaurant dates back to 1465, and is reportedly the Emperor’s favourite spot to drop off for a bowl of noodles when he is in residence at the nearby Imperial Palace.
Owariya is an excellent place to sample another of Kyoto’s signature dishes, nishin soba where the buckwheat is topped with a specially simmered and cured herring. Or else go for their signature dish, the elegant, elaborate horai soba with its original and unique eight toppings of shiitake mushrooms, sliced egg, sesame horseradish, seaweed, leek, deep-fried shrimps, grated white radish and grated red pepper.
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A version of this article originally appeared in the award-winning luxury travel and lifestyle magazine DestinAsian, the prime publication for those who love to travel, and travel in style in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. Sincerest thanks for their permission to reprint it here.