As far as I know, I have always had a love-hate relationship with soba. My first taste of actual soba – AKA buckwheat noodles – Happened when I ordered a bowl of mul naengmyeon at my favorite Korean restaurant in Eastwood. It was my first time trying naengmyun, and… Well, let’s just say that after that meal, I swore to myself that I would stick to my usual order of ramyeon or jajangmyeon the next time I eat at a Korean restaurant. Later on, I had to figure out the reason why I was a bit put off with what I ate that day: Was it the cold broth? Or the noodles? I decided it was a little bit of both.
… Enter Nadai Fujisoba. First opened back in 1966 in Shibuya, this restaurant takes pride in delivering the very best of Japanese food to diners everywhere. Their soba shops all over Japan serve over 58,000 customers every single day! Whoa! But that’s kinda understandable since their stores are open 24/7. Their first branch in the Philippines is located at SM Aura, and they recently opened up another branch in SM Megamall.
Menu: Nihon soba/udon, Tempura soba/udon, Inori soba/udon, Hiyashi soba/udon, Donburi rice bowls, Tempura ala carte, Teisyoku set.
I had their Niku Fuji Soba, which had slices of beef, with a poached egg, plus nori flakes and spring onion slices. The soup was just marvelous. Compared to the usual wheat noodles used for ramen, soba had a smoother texture to it. Each bite of the soba was a constant reminder that I was eating something different, but familiar at the same time.
Mom had the Ebiten Soba, with… What else? Tempura!
And in case that wasn’t enough, we ordered a plate of Ebi Ten as well. Hehe.
As a substitute for the usual gyoza, we ordered their Potato Croquette. These were crispy on the outside, and warm on the inside. Very tasty, not to mention, filling.
Well that wasn’t too bad, I guess? A warm bowl of soba soup is probably a great choice if you’re looking for a good alternative to ramen. My first taste of buckwheat noodles started on a rather sour note, but I think it’s safe to say that after this meal, soba and I have rekindled our friendship for good. Hehe.
Food: 3.5/5 (taste), 3/5 (presentation)
Nadai Fujisoba is located at the Upper Ground Floor of SM Megamall, Ortigas, Pasig City. You can also find them at SM Aura Premier, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Bonifacio Global City, and SM Mall of Asia. Links: Facebook || Twitter.