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4 based on 277 reviews
Rei-men is a specialty of Morioka and I like it so much. Pyon-Pyon Sya is a nice restaurant for travelers since it is near to the Morioka station, but besides the convenient location the quality of rei-men is excellent with noodles not too sticky nor too soft and soup of moderate taste. Of course we have to be care about the degree of hotness which depends on the quantities chilies and request to arrange it properly as we like.
There may be variations of Morioka Rei-men but my friend says Pyon-Pyon Sya is the standard with excellent quality. Rei-men looks something like a Korean dish and it is said actually it was developed by Korean cuisiniers. But the Rei-men of Morioka is apparently different from the Korean and I have never tasted this somewhere else. My friend says the founder of Pyon Pyon Sya has needed many years to develop the current quality and taste after coming to Morioka applying the style of Korean cuisine and that is why we consider its rei-men as orthodox.
4 based on 148 reviews
If you're new to Morioka, it's a fun trip to Fukudapan, just to see the hubbub over white Wonder Bread rolls stuffed with hydrogenated veggie whip and tuna salad. Pretty entertaining. It's also fun for kids to pick from the dozen plus stuffings, including savory and sweet. I highly recommend getting the original sand version of most things--some veggies will go a long way toward making that "noodles in bread" concoction healthy-ish.
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4 based on 49 reviews
My wife told me this is the best yakiniku in Morioka. My expectations were high but what I found was just average Tokyo Yakiniku quality. It is absolutely OK to have Yakiniku there but don't expect an experience exceeding what you had until now. However, they served Yukke which became rare in Japan lately. Overall the food was good and prices reasonable. Will come back when I am in Morioka anyhow.
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4 based on 65 reviews
Couple of things first...if you don't like soba noodles, or if you're not sure if you like soba noodles, I'd pass on this restaurant or avoid the "Wanko soba". Also, this is an experience restaurant and not necessarily a value restaurant. "Wanko soba" is an experience you cna only get in Iwate, and it's good fun, but it's not super cheap.
If you order wanko soba, you are given a bowl for your soba and some other spices, sesame seeds, green onions, etc. to add to your bowl for seasoning if you like. Then the waitress brings out small bowls of soba (wan ko) and dumps them one by one into your bowl. You eat the noodles, and as soon as you are finished, she dumps another small (a mouthful) bowl of noodles into your bowl. At this restaurant, this continues for about 15 bowls before they take a break to go get more. (At other wanko restaurants, apparently there is no break).
Basically, the waitress keeps filling your bowl until you put the lid on. But if you don't put the lid on before she is able to fill your bowl again, you have to keep eating. If you put the lid on your bowl but there is even one noodle left in your bowl, you have to keep eating :-). So it's a race to get the lid on your bowl (when you are full). As you eat, the waitress gives you encouragement to keep eating, saying things like, "come on" "here comes another one" "one more", etc.
It can be a lot of fun and we had a great time here and left satisfied. For 120 small bowls of soba (comes with some sashimi and other extras) and 2 draft beers, we spent ¥7,000. But again, it's an experience more than it is a great culinary experience.
A couple of tips... they have a small "bucket" on the table and you are advised to dump your excess soup in the bucket rather than drink it to keep from getting full on soup. Also, you don't have to eat super fast. You can eat each bowl at your pace. But as soon as the bowl is empty they will refill it. Take your time if you like. If you're not sure what you are supposed to do and don't speak any Japanese, take a few minutes to watch the tables around you.
You can learn more about "wanko soba" at Azumaya's English website: http://www.wankosoba-azumaya.co.jp/english/index.shtml.
This review is for the restaurant directly across the street from Morioka Station on the second floor above a Yakitori restaurant. The map on the English website listed above is to a different location.
4 based on 148 reviews
I visited Pairon main shop.
I enjoyed at Morioka station Branch shop in the past.
But main shop is more warm and homely atmosphere
Shop itself is old and narrow space.
But I like main shop to enjoy Jaja noodle.
If you want to visit here, you should accept
long waiting time.
I visited on Sunday Lunch, I waited around 50 minuets.
4.5 based on 35 reviews
Had a fantastic lunch with group of friends. Had a wanko soba noodle eating competition. Decor is typical Japanese style. You sit down and eat your food. But service like any other Japanese restraurant was very good. For people not knowing about wanko soba- it's a local noodle eating competition. Typically go with group of friends, for some 2300Yen, you can eat as much as u want.
Typically it's a simple buck wheat noodles with different added ingredients for taste, you have to eat quickly, maximum cups in minimum time. The fun will be, waitress will refill even before u finish eating.
Over all a very good experience. Highly recommended. The champion ate about 145cups of noodles.
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