|Category||Donburi / Udon : Soba|
Hifumi is an udon noodle shop located just two blocks north when going from Shijo-dori street to Yanaginobanba-dori street. You can find it by the signboard with '手打ちうどん'(hand-kneaded noodle) written on it. What is amazing about this place is how affordable it is, even though it’s in a shopping district in central Kyoto. The udon noodle menu starts at ¥550, going up to ¥1,100 at the most. For a touristy area, this is a very decent price! This could be considered as a great little restaurant off the beaten track. The menu contains 15 different udon noodles dishes, with 7 varieties of rice-bowl cuisine, as well as set menus with udon and rice-bowl. When we went to this restaurant, it was a really cold day, so I ordered really warm udon noodles. In cold days, the best is to have piping hot udon noodles to warm up!
This is what I ordered. It’s a 'Nabeyaki-udon'(udon served in a pot with broth), absolutely perfect for cold days.
(Left) The noodles are brought piping hot in an earthenware pot. The pot is very hot so you need to be careful! Apart from the noodles, the dish contains 'Naruto'(steamed fish-paste cake, sliced to decorate soup), chopped leeks, soft boiled egg, as well as a big prawn tempra.
(Right) You eat it by placing small portions into the bowl. the udon have been cooked in the soup so they are rather soft. The stock has been made from different varieties of fish and 'kombu'(any kelp of genus Laminaria); it is really warming and delicious.
Inside the restaurant there are 5 tables, with 6 seats at the counter. It has slightly subdued lighting, which creates a very calm, relaxed atmosphere.
427-1 Izutsuyacho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto city, Kyoto
|Open||Monday to Friday 11:30a.m. - 7:00p.m. Sunday 11:00a.m. - 3:00p.m. closed - Saturday|
|Access||6 minute walk from Hankyu Karasuma Station|