Kagari certainly is.
Notwithstanding the sign over the door, Kagari does not serve buckwheat noodles. It specialises in Shina soba. That's another word for ramen, although it usually implies that it is classier than your standard ramenya fare, and also slightly closer to Chinese noodles.
Whatever, it's a brilliant little place. My column is now up in the Japan Times… Now here are a few more images.
Starting with the tori-paitan-soba. This is served with slices of chicken chashu; Kyoto bamboo shoot (not menma); a sprig of flowering nanohana greens; and as a garnish, kaiware daikon sprouts.
The special tsukemen – at Kagari they call it tokusei tsuke-soba – comes with a version of the niboshi broth, plus lots of good stuff on the side. From right to left, that's the aji-tama soft-cooked eggs with beautiful dark orange yolks; bamboo shoot; pork chashu; slices of roast beef; and chicken chashu.
And if you think you're still going to be hungry, you can order a bowl of the yaki-gohan – essentially a yaki-onigiri (grilled rice ball) – which currently is being served with a topping of fuki-miso and some mentaiko roe. This comes with dashi in a separate pot, which you pour over it to make chazuke. Absolutely outstanding!
Two things about Kagari:
1) The wait. There's no getting around it. Rain or shine, you get in line and wait. The good thing is smokers aren't allowed to light up (Chiyoda-ku rules); the bad thing is there's no shade from the sun or the rain.
2) The menu is all in Japanese. Here's what it looks like, so you can work out your order ahead of time...
One more thing: Kagari is quite hard to find. Here's a map link…