Yachiyo 8Wo On Lane (Kau U Fong) Sheung Wan Tel 2815 5766 Grub: Japanese tsukemen, ramen and small dishes. Vibe: Japanese-style decor like many of these small noodle places. It's clean, friendly and the staff are extremely helpful. It can get very crowded at lunchtimes when turnover is very fast. Who to bring: Go after school with a bunch of friends or with your family - it's equally suited to both sorts of gatherings. The menu is in Japanese, Chinese and English so everyone is catered for - provided they like Japanese noodles. What's hot: As soon as you sit down you are presented with a couple of tasty morsels to whet your appetite while the waiter takes your order. It's quite a small menu specialising in tsukemen and ramen with just three flavours of each: a basic soy flavour, miso and spicy miso. The spicy miso isn't terribly hot and should be tolerable to all but the most sensitive of palates. Tsukemen is a noodle dish very similar to ramen but the noodles are served separately and dipped into the soup. If that seems like a lot of unnecessary work, you might just as well order the ramen version. There are loads of additional ingredients to choose from to add to your soup, including egg, char siu, seaweed and bean sprouts, plus a few extra items like sweetcorn. Unless you are very hungry or are planning to share, there is probably no need for the extras as the noodle portions are very large anyway. Cold noodle flavours include organic vegetable and spicy sesame. There is a range of side dishes including dumplings, char siu, dried squid and octopus. A few other items on the menu are only available in the evenings. For dessert, there is only one choice: ice cream. Fortunately it comes in intriguing flavours such as hazelnut and an absolutely wonderful ginger. If you plan to go for lunch, get there early as it is hugely popular with staff from the nearby offices. The venue opens at noon, and by 12.30 there is almost guaranteed to be a queue of hungry noodle-slurpers outside. What's not: Yachiyo is on Wo On Lane, a little side road off Gough Street in Noho. It's not a long road but the restaurant can be quite difficult to spot if you don??t know exactly where to look. Tables are wiped down with disinfectant between customers. While their commitment to good hygiene is undoubtedly commendable, the smell of disinfectant does not work well with dessert. Cost: The basic noodle dishes are HK$58 for tsukemen and HK$60 for ramen. The extra ingredients you might want to add are mostly between HK$12 and HK$15. Cold noodles are HK$63-HK$68, side dishes range from HK$28 to HK$35 and salad is HK$43. The delicious dessert is HK$30 while soft drinks start at HK$13.