[NEW SPOT] Soup-less Soba at Yamatoten Abura Soba Tokyo, Now Open in Jakarta

Oh my gosh! There’s another new restaurant newly opened last Friday night at Pantai Indah Kapuk (PIK), called Yamatoten Abura Soba that brought from Tokyo. Yamatoten Abura Soba first launched in Shinjuku, Tokyo since 2011, and now they opened the first branch in North Jakarta. I went there earlier today, because I was so curious about this restaurant and our friends who live near this area, told us that we had to try it. Yes, because both of us are a fan of Japanese food, we decided to try it. It’s located on the same row with Pisang Ijo, and Cake A Boo.

Abura Soba Signboard by Myfunfoodiary Tampak Depan Abura Soba by Myfunfoodiary

To give you an idea what’s about Yamatoten Abura Soba, I’m going to share some information that I’ve read on the menu. So, Abura Soba itself literally translated as “oil soba“, a type of noodle served without soup or broth that was created in Musashino, Tokyo in 1950’s. But don’t worry, because Abura Soba is not oily at all, and so easy on the taste buds. They don’t use any kinds of preservatives, chemical seasonings or synthetic coloring agents and choose to use vegetable oil instead of lard.

Suasana Abura Soba PIK by Myfunfoodiary Suasana Abura Soba PIK by Myfunfoodiary 01

It seems like Yamatoten Abura Soba really focus on what they’re good at because there are only five main dishes available on the menu; four types of noodles, and one rice dish. In addition, they also offer several side dishes, and some favorite side dishes are the Handmade Dumpling, Chicken Karaage, Soft Broiled Pork, and Wasabi Potato SaladOh btw, these favorite side dishes were sold out when we came, and we got to wait until 6pm for them to be ready.

Karami Ontama Abura Soba, IDR 68K - non halal

Ok, so this was the first bowl which we’ve tried today! Karami Ontama looks similar to the original version of Abura Soba, but this one served with half boiled egg (Onsen Tamago). It tasted a little bit spicy because it’s soaked in a secret mix of Spicy Miso sauce, and when I mix it with two rounds vinegar and two rounds of chili oil, turned out to be a bit creamy. We loved it! The vinegar oil wasn’t that strong, not as I thought. Everything was perfectly blended together! If you love spicy noodle, and egg, you can opt-in Karami on your order.

How to eat Abura Soba? There are 3 steps to enjoy the Abura Soba. Check out this short video from our YouTube Channel:

Karami Ontama Abura Soba PIK by Myfunfoodiary 03 Karami Ontama Abura Soba PIK by Myfunfoodiary 05 Tender Roast Pork Abura Soba PIK by Myfunfoodiary

Abura Soba Original, IDR 59K - non halal

We accidentally met our friends Kinsky when she was about to go home from Abura Soba. She said the original version also tasted good, so I decided to order some more, to taste the difference between Karami and this one. It’s top with the same ingredients; chopped spring onions, sesame seeds, bamboo shoots, dried seaweeds, and slices of tender roast pork, but this one served with a secret mixture of oil and shoyu. It was delicious though tasted saltier than Karami Ontama. However, this version instantly became our favorite as well.

Abura Soba Original at Abura Soba PIK by Myfunfoodiary 02 Abura Soba Original at Abura Soba PIK by Myfunfoodiary 01

Chicken Karaage, IDR 36K

Time passed, and before we go home, we accidentally met another friend, Ruby. He recommended us to try the Chicken Karaage, and, fortunately, Chicken Karaage was ready at that time. So, yup! We decided to give it a try! Apparently these boneless chicken was fried without a thick batter. They use chicken thighs that have been marinated, very juicy and tender on the inside. Another favorite of the day!!

Chicken Karaage Abura Soba PIK by Myfunfoodiary 02

Overall from our experience, we loved the thick and springy noodle texture, the flavor, and everything else. For those of you who can’t eat pork, do not worry because they also offer Jya-Jya Abura Soba that comes with choices of pork or chicken meat. We will definitely come back for more and last but not least, congratulations for the Soft Opening!

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Yamatoten Abura Soba Tokyo
Ruko Garden House A12, Pantai Indah Kapuk (PIK), Jakarta Utara
Phone: 021. 2903. 3341
Soft Opening Hours:
Weekdays: 11:00 – 15:00 and 17:30 – 22:00
Weekend: 11:00 – 22:00 
Price Range: Rp. 50.000,– –Rp. 100.000,-
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Karami Ontama Abura Soba PIK by Myfunfoodiary 01

Author: myfunfoodiary

Myfunfoodiary as Indonesian Food and Travel Blog was born in July 2012 and has become one of the valuable online source for locals, tourists, food enthusiasts and industry professionals. It is a Jakarta based Food and Travel Blog managed by Mullie Marlina, a young, lovely, cheerful and blessed wife who loves to share her culinary and travel experiences through her writing. You’ll find her honest reviews, valuable suggestions, objective ratings and recommendation of eateries in Jakarta and selected cities in Indonesia and abroad. Her curated restaurant reviews are based on her meticulous inquiries and her rich dining experience in various restaurants in Jakarta. She has also traveled to different cities and countries where she finds interesting and inspiring dishes, cuisines and excellent dining ambience which she also included in the list. From recommendations, restaurant experiences, events, travel destinations, and recipes, readers will find anything food related in this website. She would really appreciate your feedback, and would love to hear about any suggestions, events regarding food, or just to drop in to say "Hi". Again, thank you so much for dropping by, and she hopes you enjoy reading her journal. Thank you so much for all your supports! God bless you! ^_^

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  1. Ci Mul tadi ke sini yah?
    aku juga, lihat temen cici juga tuh

    Tapi tadi aku ada sedikit pengalaman ga enak
    soalnya pesanan aku lama banget datangnya..
    sampai pesanan adek aku habis ga datang2.. huhu..
    akhirnya dikasih complimentary butter corn..

    Karaminya enak ci, sliced pork sama ontamanya paling the best
    tadi aku juga pesan karage, memang beda dibanding karage pada umumnya
    tapi, enak dan juicy banget ci..

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    • Oh ya? wah, untung aku kesana pas Sabtu sore, itu jam nanggung gak ada yg makan hahaha
      jd cuma 3-4 meja doank yang keisi pengunjung dan makanan kita keluarnya cepet, sama sekali gak lama..
      Aku baru share artikel ini dan ke Instagram minggu pagi.. 😀
      dan aku juga dgr dr temen yang ke sana kemarin (hari Minggu) itu ruaaame banget
      Dan saking penuhnya, mrk overload sampe pesanan org ada yang dtg lama banget… 🙁

      Tuh kan, Karaminya enaaaaak!! Aku suka bgt sama Karami (for now) hahaha, sama Chicken Karaage-nya.. empuukkk bgt yaaaaaa… *glek* jd pgn lagi.. :))

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      • Oh Ci Mul pergi sabtu yah
        aku hari minggu ci..
        Iya ci rame banget, pas aku datang aja, udah ada serombongan yang nunggu..

        Mang yang lama banget siapa ci?
        soalnya pas aku datang tuh, dari orang yang duluan datang
        sampai ada yang lebih belakangan dari aku
        pesanan aku ga datang2, huhu..
        dibilangnya sih ada ada error di sistem jadinya sampai double orderan..

        tapi aku kepikiran masa sampai selama itu..

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        • Iya Selfi, hihihi hari Sabtu.. belum terlalu crowded, tapi mgkn kalo datang weekdays lebih mendingan sih.. 🙂

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