Tenzaru soba at Kitcho by Ajichiban, Greenwich

Tenzaru soba at Kitcho by Ajichiban, Greenwich

Kitcho is a neighbourhood jewel in Greenwich, passionately serving authentic Japanese food at astonishing prices.

Armed with £8, I chose the tenzaru soba (pictured) - a heap of chilled buckwheat noodles, fresh prawn tempura, and an incredibly more-ish dipping sauce.

The noodles should be dipped briefly into the sauce before eating, which is a salty and umami concentrate of ingredients like soy, kombu and bonito flakes. The contrast with the sweet, plump and hot prawn tempura makes for a wonderfully light and satisfying dish.

If you fancy something heartier, you could opt for one of their excellent udon soup bowls (from £5.50), or a fried yaki udon or yaki soba dish (from £6.90). But the owner urged us to go for the soba, as they reckon it's some of the best in town. I haven't tried them all, but the ones I have tried were delicious... Soba so good?

Kitcho also have a lunch deal from Mon - Fri 12pm - 3pm, where staples like tonkatsu curry, katsu curry, a range of ramen, and yakisoba, are all priced at £6.90.

Words and photography | Steph Chan


57 Greenwich High Street SE10 8JL

Opening hours
Mon - Fri | 12pm - 3.30pm & 5pm - 11pm
Sat | 12pm - 11pm
Sun | 12pm - 10.30pm

Twitter | @ajichibanuk

Tel | +44 (0)20 8691 5511 

Last updated | 2nd July 2017