Friday, August 31, 2007
First time at Shimbashi Soba. I have never wanted to step in there in the past, for some reason, despite the healthy claims of buckwheat noodles, made fresh on the premises. I had the Soba Gozen set which consisted of tempura, decently fresh sashimi, deep-fried chicken teriyaki (exceedingly sweet and salty), some tasteless whitish cube (mountain yam concoction maybe), sushi and a bowl of their signature handmade soba in a smoky-flavoured hot broth.
Hubby's set meal A had fried fish cutlets, sashimi, same deep-fried chicken teriyaki and bowl of hot soba too. He didn't think the food was anything special. I thought they were all right, decently done but a little on the pricey side. The soba tasted OK - you could taste the fresh-made difference and the rough edges of the cleaver-shaved noodles. They had some good bite, slightly al dente but not if you leave them in the hot soup for too long.
We also got a side dish of homemade fried tofu. The three triangular pieces buried under bonito shavings were not terribly special. I could happily eat regular tofu fried the same way at a fraction of the cost.
Service was also a little spotty (and it wasn't crowded when we were there). The place tries to have a modern touch to it, decor-wise and choice of ambient music (Norah Jones instead of Japanese music). The food however, does not tempt me to return. I think Tatsuya's set lunches probably give you better satisfaction at pretty much the same price.
290 Orchard Road
#B1-41, Paragon Shopping Centre