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Japanese: Soba

Tamawarai Description

Tamawarai, a renowned restaurant located in the Harajuku district of Tokyo, is a hidden gem that offers a unique dining experience. Specializing in soba, a traditional Japanese buckwheat noodle dish, Tamawarai has gained recognition for its exceptional cuisine and has been awarded the prestigious Bronze Award by The Tabelog in 2023. It has also been selected as one of the top 100 soba restaurants in Japan by Soba Hyakumeiten in 2022.

What sets Tamawarai apart from other dining establishments is its commitment to preserving the authenticity of soba-making techniques. The restaurant takes pride in using high-quality buckwheat flour and carefully crafting each noodle by hand. The result is a delicate and flavorful soba that is both satisfying and comforting.

The menu at Tamawarai offers a variety of soba dishes, each showcasing the skill and artistry of the chefs. From classic zaru soba, served cold with a dipping sauce, to warm and hearty kake soba, topped with scallions and tempura, there is something to satisfy every palate. For those looking for a unique twist, Tamawarai also offers seasonal specials that incorporate fresh, local ingredients.

The restaurant itself exudes a traditional Japanese ambiance, with its minimalist decor and warm wooden furnishings. The serene atmosphere provides the perfect backdrop for a relaxing and memorable dining experience. Whether you are a soba connoisseur or simply looking to explore the rich flavors of Japanese cuisine, Tamawarai is a must-visit destination in Tokyo.

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Tamawarai Overview


5-chōme-23-3 Jingūmae, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0001


+81 (0) 3-5485-0025


7 minute walk from Meiji-jingumae station.
10 minute walk from Harajuku and Shibuya stations.

Operating Hours

Sun: Closed
Mon: Closed
Tue: Closed
Wed: 11:30AM-2:30PM, 6:00PM-9:00PM
Thur: 11:30AM-2:30PM, 6:00PM-9:00PM
Fri: 11:30AM-9:00PM
Sat: 11:30AM-2:30PM, 6:00PM-8:00PM

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Restaurant Features

Reservations Accepted

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Stylish Interior

Tamawarai Reviews

Tamawarai Google Average Rating



I'm struggling here with a review a little bit, because I have never been to such a unique place so far. The building has no signs whatsoever, so we had some problems finding it. Then, we were told we could order only some one particular set, but it was ok for us, we didn't mind. As for the dishes, they were pretty weird (like sobagaki) and not exactly to my taste (a little too bland), but I am always happy to try something new and original. I do not regret going, but it's not a place that I would recommend everyone to visit. It's just very eccentric. I loved the fried soy sauce though, would never expect to eat soy sauce in such a form.


We were waiting in a queue for more than two hours, which is ridiculous, as customers were leaving but lady was not taking straight away customers in. Upsetting point was today that it was already our turn to go in (we are couple), but receptionist lady took couple which was not even straight after us. They waited in line much behind. This made us honestly crazy. This is dishonest and not fare at all. We were welcomed in after 10mins or something like this. Food was nice, but poor service and this behaviour is very bad for reputation of restaurant with Michelin star.

And extra comment, that by the time we were in, it was just simplest soba options available. No tempura, no herring, etc
Ps: young boy and girl who served inside was very polite and nice. We appreciated


Not the easiest place to dine with, soba is surely one of the all time great. The starters also very well refine. Like the ebi and soba cake. Worth the visit but patients required.

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