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 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.
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 […]