Kaga/Hatsudai “Famous standing noodle store frequented by New National Theatre staff

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Kaga (Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)

This is a famous stand-up noodle restaurant frequented by people related to the New National Theatre. It is distinctly different from ordinary standing-only noodle restaurants.
Lunch:~¥999 Dinner:~¥999

When we talk about famous soba restaurants, you may have an image of “Yabu,” “Sarashina,” or “Sunaba,” but there are also famous stand-up soba restaurants in Tokyo that are a little different from these long-established soba restaurants.
In this issue, we will introduce you to a popular stand-up soba restaurant in Hatsudai called “Kaga.
Please check the official website and the Google map at the bottom of this page for business hours, holidays, reviews, etc.

Standing-only Soba Restaurant purportedly frequented by New National Theatre staff

When I was looking for a restaurant in Hatsudai, an announcer from a TV station told me about a standing-only noodle restaurant called “Kaga.
I thought, “What, standing-only buckwheat noodles?”, But it turned out to be a “famous standing-only noodle store” known to those in the know and frequented by people related to the New National Theatre, Tokyo.

Priced a little high for a standing noodle shop.

We arrived at the restaurant a little after 11:30 a.m. The restaurant was small enough to be filled with five or six people, and that was already the case.

I managed to get into the restaurant and looked at the menu at the ticket machine, which was quite pricey for a standing-only noodle shop.
I had heard that the kakiage (deep fried oyster mushrooms) were delicious, but since my cholesterol levels have been high lately, I decided to cut back on the oil a bit and ordered the beef croquette soba (600 yen with an onsen tamago).

Their specialty is “kakiage” (deep fried to order).

Since it is a stand-up noodle restaurant, I expected the soba noodles to be served immediately, but they did not come out very fast.
After a long wait, my order of beef croquette Soba finally came out.
The soba sauce was similar to that of Suzuichi in Yokohama, but the soba was more robust.
What surprised me the most was that the croquettes were freshly fried and hot.

It came as a big shock to me because the only croquettes I had ever had at standing-only soba restaurants were cold ones.
The reason why the soba noodles did not come out easily even though it was standing food was because the croquettes were fried after receiving the order.
When I saw the kakiage that the person next to me ordered, I had a gut feeling that it would definitely be delicious, and at the same time, I greatly regretted worrying about my cholesterol level.
The amount of time and effort that goes into a standing-only noodle restaurant, which is supposed to be a cost-conscious restaurant, is quite extraordinary.
Kaga is clearly a stand-up noodle restaurant in a class of its own.
By the time we left the restaurant, there was a long line of people waiting outside, and it was no wonder.

Access and reviews

For access, hours of operation, holidays, and reviews of Kaga, please see the Google map below.

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