Shimbashi Soba & Sake Bar, Fitzroy
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 of their chicken soba ($21) and two sides in the agedashi tofu and nasu dengaku (deep fried eggplant with miso). The menu is identical to their city one (from what I saw) and the quality is there as well. Again, the handcrafted soba is enjoyable to eat and the light broth is pleasant. There was a bit of a salty aftertaste but that may have been from the sides. Great noodles, great sides and a super handy location.
Agedashi tofu was the first of our sides to arrive. The tofu wasn’t quite as crispy as in other places but the broth had a lovely aroma and the right punchy salty notes that make this dish so good.
We then came to our massive portion of the soba. $4 extra upsizes this, so not exactly sure how big the normal serve looks. Two dumplings and small helpings of spring onion, seaweed, tofu and chicken top the dish. The soba buckwheat noodles are great to eat and had a bite to it. The broth was nice and light for the most part.
Our second side was the nasu gengaku which was the deep fried eggplant with a sweet miso sauce. Shimbashi is on the slightly pricer side of things across all the menu, the eggplant although in small size was suitably tasty. I like the sweet miso which goes oh-so-well with the eggplant. The three dishes finished off our two appetites and we enjoyed the service and the vibe of the venue as well.