Nadai Fuji Soba Ni-Hachi – First soba specialty store in SG!
Heralded as Japan’s best soba restaurant, Fuji-soba boasts a massive chain of 116 stores in Japan and 10 in Taiwan and the Philippines. In celebration of their 50-year anniversary in 2016, Fuji-soba opened their first outlet in Singapore. Keeping to the same beloved recipe used in Japan, Fuji-soba promises a rich broth with slurp-worthy soba noodles made with a 2:8 ratio (Ni-Hachi means 2:8) of wheat flour to buckwheat flour. Well known as a superfood because of the high fibre and anti-oxidant content, buckwheat is known to relieve high-blood pressure and promote healthy glowing skin amongst a slew of other health benefits. Who knew healthy food could be tasty too?
Fuji-soba offers patrons a diversity of sobas – warm, dry, and cold with a dipping sauce on the side. So, you’re bound to find a soba dish that will appeal to you! If you prefer thicker noodles, you can choose to switch up soba for their handmade udon for free! Fuji-soba’s Dashi stock is made from dried Japanese bonito (fish stock). Every soba dish is a rich and flavourful bowl that screams umami. We were also informed that that their soba is made in-house daily from Japanese soba flour and shaved bonito flakes to guarantee a bouncy texture. Some of the interesting items on the menu include hot cream-based soba, duck soba and even curry soba! If you’re more of a rice person, they also serve a small selection of rice dishes like Unagi Don ($27++) and Sukiyaki Don ($15++). We were also impressed with their selection of Japanese drinks which includes ice cold Japanese beers, Sake, Umeshu and even a Suntory whisky highball beside the usual juices, coffees and teas.
We tried their dry mentai maze soba ($14++) which consists of thick soba noodles coated in a rich mentaiko-filled cream. The noodles are topped with spring onions and seaweed for an extra crunch. The Japanese mentaiko lends a mild spice and sweetness without overpowering the creamy soba. While it was listed as a dry soba, the cream keeps the noodles chewy and moist throughout the meal. Owing to the thick soba, this dish was unassumingly generous and will definitely fill your tummy. While some may find this a little jelat, you’ll love it just as I did if you enjoy cream-based pastas like carbonaras or alfredos.
Ever had duck meat soba? The hot kamo nanban soba ($18++) which features thin soba noodles, duck slices and duck meat balls swimming in a bowl of deep-coloured broth topped with snap peas and yuzu, is one of the bestsellers here.
Duck meat is known to be a little tough when cooked through, hence Fuji-soba serves the duck slices shabu-shabu style to prevent them from being overcooked. Ergo, you can choose how well cooked you like your duck to be. Mine was cooked till medium and I loved how the fatty duck slices just melted in my mouth. While the thin soba noodles were softer in texture in comparison to the thick soba noodles, I found the thickness of the noodles to be just perfect. The soba noodles absorbed the rich broth adequately, making it immensely slurp-worthy! Unlike factory-made meat balls, the juicy duck meat balls were well seasoned and had a toothsome bite.
My only reservation about this dish was that the broth was a tad too salty for my liking. However, I was delighted to find that Fuji-soba thoughtfully offers every table a flask of light-bodied dashi broth to customise your broth just the way you like it. We added 1 part of the light dashi broth to 2 parts of the actual broth and loved it.
Albeit the somewhat higher price tag, neither of the soba dishes disappointed. We loved the quick and friendly service and I’ll be back to try the other soba variants like the curry soba which I’ve been eyeing. Whether it’s a day out with family or friends, Fuji-soba has something for everybody. And if you’re in the mood for it, they’ve even got an ongoing Kamo Nabe (Duck hot pot) promotion (min 2 pax, $30 per pax) during dinnertime on weekdays and the weekends! Not soba-d afterall right?
Nadai Fuji Soba Ni-Hachi
Address: 100AM 100 Tras Street #03-14 Singapore 079027
Phone: 6443 8827
Area: 3 min walk from Tanjong Pagar MRT
Opening Hours: 11am-3pm, 530pm-1000pm
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