Jakarta : Yamatoten Abura Soba

Ramen? Udon ? How about Abura Soba?

Yes I'm excited about this new spot in PIK area!  Finally we had something new and different in Jakarta food-scene. Ramen place is everywhereeee here in Jakarta, but, have you ever heard of Abura Soba ? Me neither ! But after I got a chance to try this place, I finally had my first Abura Soba.

Abura means oily, so abura soba means an oily noodles. Soba ( not to be confused with ramen ) is a type of noodles made with buckwheat flour. We already familiar with Zaru Soba or Hiyashi Soba, now type of this no-soup noodles could be a great option. I guess, since we already familiar with 'Bakmi Ayam', Abura Soba will still gonna suits our tongue.

Yamatoten Abura Soba is a franchise restaurant from Japan, and the owner also come to Jakarta to make sure the quality is the same. The interior was simple, minimal and typical Japanese restaurant. Love the Fuji Mountain painting though.

So, in Yamatoten, the menu wasn't too extensive. They had 4 kinds of Abura Soba that you can try, also some side dishes. So I opted Karami Ontama Abura Soba - IDR 68.000,-. I usually taste the 'original' flavors when I visited new restaurant. But, the original one didn't have egg just like the spicy one that I have order. So.. yeah, I opted the spicy one. Don't forget, before you had your noodles, remember to put the Vinegar and Chili Oil, and mix all the ingredients well! 

First we talk about the Soba and yes, I love their noodles! They made their own noodles,and that's why it's really springy and bouncy. Really love this kind of texture in my noodles. The taste wasn't spicy at all though, and oh, the chashu was tasted nice too. Since this one had half boiled egg in it, the yolk makes the noodles creamy, just like when you eat a carbonara pasta with runny yolk ! Yum!

The original one which is Abura Soba - IDR 59.000,-. Tastewise, I kind of like this one better. Because it's more savory than the Karami one. But remember, the Karami one had those lovely egg. Ah... It's hard to decide for a die-hard soft boiled egg fan like me :p

At my second visit, I opted the one that I haven't tried before, which is, Jya Jya Abura Soba - IDR 68.000,-. You can choose either with chicken or pork. Mine, of course pork ! :p This one is served with thick sauce made with soybean paste. Yep the sauce was salty and sweet, but I think the taste of the soybean paste ( or miso ) should be stronger.
Side dishes number one that you-have-to-try is Soft Broiled Pork - IDR 43.000,-. Nothing could go wrong with pork belly! And yes, it's juicy, perfectly cooked and well-seasoned. Must have !

Chicken Karaage - IDR 36.000,-. This one is not like usual Karaage, because they're not using any batter to fried it. The flavor was still good though, but it's losing the crunch.

Handmade Dumplings - IDR 32.000,-. The filling was tasted nice, and love the charred -smokey taste in the gyoza skin.

Wasabi Potato Salad - IDR 32.000,-. Didn't realize that wasabi and potato could go along really well. Even though the wasabi flavor wasn't that strong, but still, it's a nice dish !

Yamatoten Abura Soba
Ruko Garden House A/12 ( Near Hakata Ikkousha),
Pantai Indah Kapuk, Jakarta
Opening Hours :
Monday - Friday : 11:00 am - 03:30 pm & 05:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday - Sunday : 11:00 am - 10:00 pm

Instagram : @Yamatoten 


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Hi ! My name is Natasha. V. Lucas, based in Jakarta, Indonesia. What I do : Food Stylist | Food Photographer | F&B Consultant | Culinary TV Host | Social Media Managing For any inquiries you can email me to natashavlucas@gmail.com