Inaba Soba

(King Street; between Baskin and Robbins and Pee-Wee)

pen, 7. November 2005, 12:48

Grace and I checked out Inaba on King Street this weekend, based on its positive review in the Weekly. They have a limited menu and it is a little pricey (both our dinners were just under $20), but it was good. We both had tempura (2 shrimp and a variety of veggies lightly battered, not oily). Mine came over rice with sauce all over, but Grace’s rice was separate and her tempura came with 3 “dipping” salts: curry, green tea, and sea (I think). The meals also came with soba (hot or cold) which is made there fresh every day. It had a nice chewy consistancy, but I am not enough of a soba expert to know if it was extraordinary or not. There were also some tsukemono dishes (the nasabi and kimpira ones were particularly good, imho). At the end of the meal, they did something I had never experienced before. They brought the starchy water the soba was boiled in to the table and told us to pour it into our soba dipping sauce (which was delicately shoyu-y) and drink it. Our waitress said it was for good health.

Reid, July 2008
Inaba-Soba (next to Baskin and Robbins on King Street)

We tried to go here the last week (on the same day of all the other mishaps), but it was too crowded. So we tried again recently. I had the battera saba with zaru soba. Larri basically had the ten-zaru soba (You actually have a selection of soba and styles to choose; I can’t remember them right now). I think both dishes were around $11 for lunch.

First of all, the portions for my dish were really small. I would say it was about a handful. On to the taste. It was pretty good, the consistency was definitely better than the store bought kind that my mom prepares. It had a lively chewiness that you would expect in freshly made pasta. The taste was just OK (although Larrilynn said she really liked her soba.) The battera saba (I’m still not sure what battera is or how it adds anything to the dish) was good, similar to a saba nigiri.

Afterwards we tried the water that the soba was cooked in, supposedly containing the nutrients lost from the soba in the boiling process. We drank this with the shiru of the soba. It was alright, kinda nice to drink something hot after the cold soba. It was OK, higher quality noodles than the one my mom makes, but overall not that much better.

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