Metoba Soba in Matsumoto

Soba usuyaki pancake

Metoba is a soba shop on the Metoba river that flows through Matsumoto in Nagano. Nagano is famous for its harvest of buckwheat grains for soba. I asked if there were any local dishes we could try and was recommended the soba pancake called soba usuyaki (literally thin and grilled). A bit thinner than Western-style pancakes and painted with miso while grilling and topped with leeks. The kuro shichimi black seven spice from Kyōto @gionhararyoukaku is smokey and spicy garnish.

Tempura soba

The handmade soba buckwheat noodles are made by hand from soba flour ground inside the shop by stone. The tempura and soba was delicious. A taste of Nagano. The interior has some mingei pieces in the restaurant. There is Western seating, where an older couple sat, as well as raised tatami mats with low tables, which I prefer. When I asked locals for their recommendation for soba for lunch many recommended Metoba.

Metoba Soba

It’s also near Kissa Marumo perfect for a coffee after lunch. Metoba Soba is near the Nakamichi Dōri, a charming street lined with shops that is a must visit.

松本市の中道通と女鳥羽川の近くにある素敵な蕎麦屋。女鳥羽そばで初めてそば薄焼き食べた。とっても美味しかった!

Sign for Metoba Soba

Metoba Soba 女鳥羽そば

Nagano-ken, Matsumoto-shi, Chūō 3-4-8

11:00 – 5:00 

https://www.metobasoba.com/menu/

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