Ichiban means number one in Japanese. And Ichiban Noodle Bar might just be number one for Japanese food in Glasgow! It was one of our dinner stops for a wild night in the city (in terms of stuffing our faces). Originally established in 1998 the […]
If you didn’t already know what tonkatsu is, it’s a deep fried pork cutlet served with shredded raw cabbage, sweet sauce, and rice. And if you want a most excellent one check out Mr Tonkatsu on Bloor Street West. I had a quaint evening exploring the […]
I love the review for this place that simply summarised it as “quality of the dim sum of horrific… but it at least has the decency to be cheap”. I was more complimentary. I was content with my recent outing, we were out for a leaving lunch for one of the office. Dim T Charlotte Street is in a beautiful, modern setting. The al fresco seating would have been fantastic for the incoming afternoon rays. As a pan-Asian restaurant, nothing on the menu has much authenticity in taste, so you’d be forgiven if you thought these weren’t Asian dishes.
I was a fan of Shimbashi’s original store in the city, so felt excited when they took the former Huxtable space on Smith Street. The store’s been open for a little while now, and I checked out their offerings with a friend. We shared a large serve […]
I checked out Salon De Sushi on Clarendon Street this week, as part of my ever continuing conquest of all lunch options near work. The setup is a bit different from the norm with the sushi options boxed up ready to go in shelves and […]
As bit of a noodle noob I’ve largely often gone with ramen (as highly evident here) and Shimbashi is my first foray into a soba noodle specialist store. According to Google, the difference is the soba noodle is made from buckwheat flour so there is a slight nuttiness to the flavour versus ramen which is made from wheat. Anyway I was pretty impressed with the quality of the noodles and dishes here and the service is top notch fantastic. The wheat comes from Tassie and you do feel there is a lot of effort behind the scenes to get every detail perfect.
I ordered the Kamonan Soba Warm which was a bowl of soba served with duck and mushrooms. The clear broth had a pleasant sweetness that did bring out the best of the ingredients included. I wasn’t hugely into the duck as the pieces were a bit big but it was a good mix of toppings with complementary profiles. I did finish off my evening with a sake infused pudding with a yuzu citrus jam and this made for an ideal ending with a sharp citrus note and a playful, bouncy texture. Definitely keen to check out some more soba-orientated eating in the future.