Yuzu/Lime and Jyuwari Soba!
Service: Very friendly and attentive
Facilities: Great overall cleanliness. Beautiful washroom
Strong points: High quality soba. Beautiful tempura. Great local sake
It is a tradition in Japan to eat soba on the New Year and the Missus and I do not hesitate to spend some time in the train to savor them at our favorite soba restaurant, Setsugekka in Shimada City!
Next to the Restaurant is the great site of Oomuraya Sake Brewery (with the brewmaster standing outside as we arrived!). No wonder the sake served at Setsugekka are superlative!
If it’s available, make sure to take the small room overlooking the street!
A nice little corner away from the crowd!
But the whole place is so pleasant and comfortable!
A nice little snack coming with the first drink: Soba tofu coated with kinako!
Another snack: deep-fried soba!
The soba tray is set on the table before the first tempura is served!
But first, the appetizers!
Miso yaki! Miso paste mixed with whole soba seeds cooked under the grill.
Plain juwari/100% buckwheat noodles in cold water to allow you to appreciate their true original taste!
Buckwheat/soba tofu served in soy sauce with grated yamaimo, whole grilled buckwheat seeds and grated wasabi!
Shimonita/下仁田 leek tempura with katsuobushi!
Bamboo shoot, carrot and taro tempura!
Shrimp and lily bulb kakiage tempura!
Next, the soba! All seiro style!
I had two types of soba, while the Missus had three: first elegant yuzu/lime jyuwari soba!
Plain thick jyuwari soba!
Note the well-used vessels!
Plain thin jyuwari soba!
And the desserts!
A rare buckwheat ice-cream!
I still haven’t visited the place at dinner! Next article?
Shimada City, Hontouri, 2-3-4
Opening hours: 11:30~14:30, 17:00~22:00
Closed on Monday and third Tuesday
Entirely non-smoking for lunch!
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