Official Website: http://www.sobaworld.com.sg/
Address: NEX outlet: #B1-02 NEX, 23 Serangoon Central; Paragon outlet: #B1-41 Paragon, 290 Orchard Road
Tel: 6634 4786 (NEX)/ 6735 9882 (Paragon)
Opening Hours: 11:00am -10:00pm daily (for NEX outlet); 11.30am – 10.00pm daily (for Paragon outlet)
Budget: $20++ per person (10% Service Charge)
Recommendations: Soba! Hot, cold, any type!
There are some days when we just want to have a cold meal (like soba noodles), especially in Singapore where it’s summer all year round. And so, we decided to check out Shimbashi Soba at NEX! The restaurant was rather empty when we visited on a weekday afternoon and we received a warm welcome when we entered.
By the way, do you know the benefits of buckwheat? Buckwheat is a low GI food that can improve energy levels (unlike refined sugars). It can also decrease blood pressure and lower cholesterol levels. In addition, it is also loaded with vitamins and amino acids, which are important for metabolic processes in the body. I could go on & on about its benefits since I’m a geek who enjoys reading scientific journals but anyway, to cut the long story short, buckwheat is extremely nutritious and good for your health.
As I was feeling adventurous, I picked the most exotic dish from the menu: the Nebaneba soba ($15.80). It was made up of chilled al dente soba noodles topped with all sorts of nutritious ingredients (aka my type of food!) like natto (fermented soybeans), wakame, okra and a soft poached egg. Oh, and tsuyu sauce. Trust me, this is like the perfect food after a hot yoga session! Every bite was filled with nutritious goodness and the dish left me feeling well-nourished. Yumzzz. However, do note that this dish is an acquired taste and unless you like natto (fermented soybeans) or don’t mind eating slimy stuff, don’t order it! You’ve been warned. ;)
SG Boy went with the safer (and more value-for-money) option, which was the Shokado (Hot) Lunch Set (first picture above, $22.90). It came with chawanmushi, thick slices of fresh sashimi, tamagoyaki (Japanese omelette) drizzled with mayonnaise sauce, 3 pieces of vegetarian nigiri sushi, a bowl of piping hot Shokado soba (there’s a choice of hot/cold soba), and green tea mochi dessert! Super a lot of food!
Don’t be deceived by the rather plain-looking warm soba noodles. The dashi broth was extremely flavourful and most importantly, no MSG was added which meant that we could slurp it all up without feeling thirsty thenafter. Just like the chilled version, the soba noodles were al dente and cooked to perfection.
Despite not being the star of the meal, the sashimi was surprisingly succulent and thick.
Vegetarian nigiri with exotic toppings. Bet you can’t find these elsewhere!
We concluded the meal with the Green Tea Mochi, which was part of the lunch set. The soft and chewy mochi pieces were strong in matcha flavour and weren’t too sweet, and hence we didn’t feel gelat eating them.
Oh by the way, the soba noodles at Shimbashi Soba are all handmade! They have an open kitchen where the public can watch live soba making demonstrations by the Japanese chef. Check out the process below:
The bill came up to about $20++ per person, which isn’t exactly considered cheap. However, the meal left us feeling really satisfied. In fact, it was sooooo good I actually visited the Paragon outlet within the same week. ;)
Overall Rating: 4.2/5 bowls of sobaaaaaa :D