Food & Drink


Ask a local where to go for great soba (buckwheat noodles) in Daimyo, and they’ll most likely point you in the direction of this 60-year-old restaurant. Last July, Yabukin relocated to the ground floor of a grand old building and the traditional courtyard gives you the feeling that you’re stepping back in time. Pass through the gate, slip off your shoes at the entrance and admire the stylish wooden interior. The noodles sold here are handmade every morning by proprietor Mr. Goto. “Because soba is such a simple food, it’s impossible to hide any mistakes. I always take great care when making the noodles,” he says. The quality of the flour used is also of upmost importance, so Mr. Goto tested varieties from all over the country for their taste and fragrance. Currently, he uses two varieties from Kagoshima, which he says are as good as any from Honshu. Savor the well-rounded aroma of the noodles and the slight sweetness after you bite into them. Their à la carte dishes are also popular, particularly the deliciously light dashimaki (rolled Japanese-style omelette, ¥850) that comes topped with a thick kudzu-starch sauce. Be sure to ask about their seasonal specials too!

Soba ¥750
Soba with grated daikon ¥950
Soba with egg ¥850
Soba with tempura ¥1,550
Soba with deep-fried tofu ¥750
Tempura rice bowl ¥1,550
Plum rice ball ¥220
Yakimiso (a grilled mixture of miso, buckwheat grain and vegetables) ¥550
Chicken with wasabi and soy sauce dressing ¥650
Beer ¥630

Address: Shonankyo, 2-1-16 Daimyo, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
Tel: 092-761-0207
Opening Hours: 11:30–21:00 (last orders: 20:30)
Closed: Wed.

Originally published in Fukuoka Now magazine (fn151 Jul. 2011)


Fukuoka City
Published: Jul 1, 2011 / Last Updated: Jul 6, 2017