Small nudelbar / noodle bar in a quiet side street in Köln-Kalk, re-opened Apr 2018. Makes vegan Japanese food including udon noodles in different broths, plus fried vegetables on rice, and teishoku sets which include miso soup. Has cake and cookies. Japanese tea is served. German, English, and Japanese spoken. Open Tue-Fri 17:00-22:00, Sat-Sun 14:00-22:00. Kitchen closes 9:30pm.

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64 Reviews

First Review by Carrothuntress


Points +38

26 Nov 2023

Tasty food

We both had miso udon special from their winter meniu and it was very tasty and filling. The cheesecake was great - light and not too sweet - just as we like it. The place itself is very small but cosy. We came right at the opening hour and it filled up with people pretty quickly. Thus, i recommend reserving a table in advance.



Points +84

24 Nov 2023

Very filling

The taste was great, but the broth could be more flavourful. The desserts were ok, but nothing crazy. Glad there were desserts in general. Very cool place and big plus for gender neutral bathrooms, reusable towels for drying hands and kickass sticker collection. The staff was friendly too.

Pros: Queer safe space


Points +29

05 Oct 2023

Just Wow

Nice little place with really amazing food and friendly staff! If you are in Cologne...GO THERE!!

Pros: Food, Food, Food

Cons: Nothing


Points +68

17 Sep 2023


Ohne Happy Cow hätte ich Nobiko vermutlich niemals entdeckt! Die Udon Nudeln waren war super lecker und die Atmosphäre würde ich locker und alternativ beschreiben. Unbedingt auch ein Dessert (Kuchen) mitnehmen😄


Points +541

16 Sep 2023

Suuuper lecker !

Das Essen war richtig gut. Alles war frisch, selbst die Nudeln und Getränke waren hausgemacht.

Pros: Sehr lecker!, Freundliches, tolles Personal, Hausgemachte Udon Limonaden


Points +18

28 Aug 2023

Nice food, nice place

Just lovely, the food is good, the people are nice and the small place itself is absolutely brilliant

Pros: Gender neutral bathrooms, with hygiene products, Good food for a fair price


Points +545

27 Aug 2023

Nice ambiente, good food

Even if you can get some starters the main „attraction“ are the udon dishes.
Mine was very good!
Unfortunately I‘ve forgotten to take pictures and which one I had. But I‘m sure all are good!
They also offer cake which looked delicious!

Pros: Nice staff, Good food, Cosy


Points +3714

09 Jun 2023

Noodle soup

We went with a group of 8 people and tried different dishes. Everthing was okay, but not overwhelming and of course broth with noodles is hard too eat. Tiramisu cake is nice.

Pros: Books for children available, In- and outside seating, Desserts available

Cons: Only Udon noodles


Points +94

02 Jun 2023

Yummy Udon

I love udon and was so happy to find a place specialised at vegan udon! Only bummer was that I was looking forward to Tempura with my udon but they didn’t have any at the menu anymore apparently. Would definitely recommend.

Pros: Delicious, Very close to actual Japanese flavours, All vegan!

Cons: No tempura


Points +512

24 May 2023

Best noodle Soup in nrw

Freshly Made udon Soup, all dishes are vegan and the Desserts and cakes are absolutely delicious.

Pros: Good price, Fresh cuisine


Points +16

30 Apr 2023

Wir lieben es

Kommen immer wieder gerne vorbei. Vor allem für das Rote Tantan und die Erdnuss-Cookies :)

Pros: Leckeres Essen, 100 % Vegan, Freundliches und entspanntes Personal


Points +94

30 Apr 2023

Udon: Die dicksten Nudeln der Japanischen Küche

Hausgemachte, frische Udon Nudeln. Perfekt für vegan lebende Menschen, Fans der asiatischen Küche, Bowl Liebhaber*innen, Menschen die Lust auf gutes Essen haben.

Super nettes Personal, gute Auswahl, japanisches Flair trifft auf eine alternative Atmosphäre.

Pros: Alles ist vegan , Hausgemachte, frische Gerichte , Klein, gemütlich, persönliche Atmosphäre


Points +443

21 Jan 2023

Immer toll

Ich gehe sehr gerne ins Nobiko und es war immer sehr lecker. Man sollte vor dem Besuch reservieren, aber man kann auch zum Mitnehmen bestellen, falls man keinen Platz bekommt. Freue mich schon auf das nächste Mal!

Updated from previous review on 2023-01-21


Points +32

20 Dec 2022


Richtig lecker und tolle Atmosphäre!


Points +133

09 Nov 2022


Really good Udon noodles broths aswell as nice beveradges. Also some of them are selfmade (lemonade). Waiters are really friendly. Please book a table first because the place is pretty small. Prices very fair.


Points +190

13 Oct 2022

Best Udon

Haven't had a single bad experience at Nobiko. Having tried a variety of their dishes from traditional Udon over other sides and self made lemonade, to coffee, tea and cakes, everything was absolutely perfect and made with love and the finest ingredients.
The staff is super friendly and welcoming while the restaurant is cosy with indoor and outdoor seating.

Be sure to call for reservation though as seating is limited.

Pros: Selfmade, Vegan only, Creative dishes


Points +104

07 Oct 2022

Best Udon Soup ever for me

Creamy and spicy soups ...All healthy & delicious!
Tiramisu cake was also great!
Super kind Service :)


Points +854

28 Sep 2022

Amazing udon

I had the noodles with the veggie "ground meat" and soy milk. Such an explosion of flavor, I absolutely loved it!! The extra spicy seasoning they put on the table for you is super tasty as well and makes the food stand out even more. Everything tasted fresh and the flavors were well balanced. The perfect comfort food on a cold day!
The only point of critique I have would be the bathrooms, which could be a little bit more well-kept (there were some spider webs).


Points +23

Mostly Veg
22 Jun 2022

Absolute Empfehlung!!

Sehr lecker, gute Erklärung/ Beratung, keine lange Wartezeit

Pros: Ausschließlich vegane Speisen und Getränke , Sehr klein und keine Massenabfertigung, Preislich überraschend günstig


Points +759

12 Jun 2022

Hausgemachte Udon-Nudeln

Insgesamt sehr empfehlenswert, auch die Kuchen super lecker


Points +755

08 Jun 2022

Enjoyable Ramen

Came here with a non-vegan friend and we both enjoyed the food. We also had a chocolate peanut butter cookie for dessert which was really nice.


Points +103

30 May 2022

Really tasty

We got two different udon bowls, side dishes, drinks, and desserts to try the maximum.
We really enjoyed our meals but agreed it wasn't exactly breathtaking. The broths were both really well made and definitely the highlight. The side dishes we got were underwhelming though, I could have done without it. Per recommendations here, we tried the tiramisu as well as donauwelle and they were both really good.
I loved the iced hojicha tea.
Maybe I'm spoiled with all the vegan restaurant options today and had too high expectations. But it was still really good and would happily go again.


Points +249

30 May 2022

Good, not great

The noodles are quite good. But the broths are fairly mediocre. Seems to be adapted to a German/western audience. The soups indicated as spicy were fairly mild

I would maybe try it again.

Pros: noodles

Cons: Slightly mild, Spicy is not spicy, No chili sauce


Points +42

09 May 2022

Best Udon ever

This is the best vegan spot in Köln! The staff is amazing and the restaurant is super cute. They offer a variety of soups and starters (the kimchi is SO good) and have a winter and summer menu as well as changing specials like gyoza, mochi or daifuku. The noodles are handmade and they even grow some of the herbs and veggies themselves. You can also buy beautiful merch like posters and shirts and support this small business. I'd advise you to make a reservation beforehand as they have limited seating options outside.

Pros: Changing menu and specials, Fairly priced , Everything made with love

Cons: Limited seating outside


Points +3046

20 Jan 2022

Udon restaurant

It is a relatively small restaurant, in a small street. The Udon is very tasty. I had the number 1 kake Udon. It is a big portion, smelling and tasting great!
I also like the fact that they serve desserts!

Pros: All vegan, Smells great, Taste great


Points +744

11 Nov 2021


Es stimmt einfach: Richtig leckere und sehr vielfältige Auswahl an veganen Udon-Nudel-Gerichten. Bedienung war auch supenett. Und die Athmosphäre mit „linker Ästhetik“ ist einfach nur ideal: Überall tolle Plakate und Sticker. Weiterer Bonus: All Gender Toilette und eine Frauen* Toilette als Schutzraum. (Leider sind die Toiletten nicht mit dem Rollstuhl zugänglich.)
Leider kann ich nicht mehr als 5 Sterne geben.

Größere Portionen fände ich noch super! (Hatte großen Hunger und es war lecker😉Für meine Begleiter*innen war es allerdings eher zu viel.)
Es lässt sich auch Reis als Beilage dazubestellen.

Updated from previous review on 2021-11-06

Pros: Superlecker, Einfach sehr schön links, Alles vegan - große Auswahl

Cons: Größere Portionen wären super :)


Points +81

20 Oct 2021

Best udon ever!

This was definitely the best udon soup I ever had. Took two and couldn’t decide what’s better, perfectly seasoned and rich. Loved the homemade mochi as a dessert!

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