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Posted by Anonymous on 04/22/2011
food here is great! zaru tofu = creamy and delicious. all the sobas are great! it's super tiny though. need to be a party of 2 or less. and they don't serve booze. but otherwise a totally awesome restaurant!
Posted by Marcia on 03/13/2011
Yuba soba was a delicious surprise. I wanted to order sesame soba, but they're apparently not serving it in colder weather, so the very helpful server suggested the yuba. Wow! The broth was slightly creamy with soy, giving it body but not a feeling of richness. It came with a little burner underneath to keep it hot. You immerse the noodles and yuba in the simmering liquid to warm it and infuse it with flavor and slurp it up. The "yuba," or tofu "skin" (I think it's like a pudding skin) feels like super delicate scrambled eggs. It all sounded so interesting, we "over-ordered" for just two at lunchtime. Turns out the dishes are tiny and we even had a little room left for dessert. My companion ordered the Large size of the Oroshi soba and I kept asking "Are you sure that's the large?" We also tried the Home made silky Tofu: super-soft bean curd with bonito flakes and ginger on the side, Daikon Mochi: lightly chewy mochi with nice savoriness from barely noticeable bacon, and Miso Coleslaw: crunchy red cabbage in a miso-sesame dressing. The annin tofu dessert is a light creamy pudding garnished with a berry and a mint leaf. All the dishes were texturally fascinating and packed with flavor in diminutive servings. The place, like the portions, is small, with a counter seating and maybe 4 or 5 tables, though not crowded during our weekday lunch. The server very patiently explained everything about the food, even stuff we already knew. Would be nice if they had a lunch special, or lunch prices; our tab ran over $50 without any drinks (they did keep the tea filled at all times.) I'm already craving the yuba soba again, but can't justify the cost again so soon.