Nadai Fujisoba Ni-Hachi, Japan’s number one soba restaurant is available in Singapore now. The brand has 119 outlets in Tokyo and they make its noodles in store everyday to ensure absolute freshness. The restaurant is located Level 3, 100AM mall which is few minutes walking distance away from Tanjong Pagar MRT Station.
Before moving on the dishes, let me share with you what is the meaning of “Ni-Hachi’. “Ni-Hachi’ means 2:8 ratio, which is the golden combination of wheat flour (20%) and buckwheat flour (80%) needed to make the perfect soba.
There are 4 types of soba served in Nadai Fujisoba Ni-Hachi:
(a) Warm Soba – noodle soup base comes from dried bonito flakes and kaeshi (concentrated soup base).
(b) Cold Soba
(c) Maze (Mixed) Soba
(d) Mori (Dipping) soba – it comes with grated wasabi as well as chopped leeks, which can be added to the cold dipping sauce.
Moving on are the dishes we tried during the tasting session:
Special Truffles Dashi Maki Tamago with Club Japanese Sauce S$15.00
The tamago here is served with generous shreds of crabmeat in the sauce. This is definitely a must-try dish when you are here.
Sautéed Sobagaki and Foie Gras with Kaeshi Sauce S$17.00
The sautéed sobagaki which looked like mash potatoes are made using buckwheat and hot water. It is actually buckwheat flour paste which goes pretty well with foie gras and kaeshi sauce.
Deep-fried Soba with Savoury Spicy Seafood Sauce S$18.50
This is rather interesting as the deep-fried noodles are arranged before they are drenched with the pipping hot savoury sauce. The crunchy bites and the way it is presented remind me of Chinese deep-fried noodles. Same same but different in terms of flavour, taste and texture.If you cannot handle spicy, you can request for non-spicy seafood sauce.
Crispy Sakura Ebi Tempura & Soba Drizzled with Truffle Oil S$19.50
Gigantic prawns served on top of the al dente noodles in shrimp soup base. The truffle oil has the enticing aroma and yet it is not overwhelming.
Hot Mentai Cream Soba S$17.00
Mentai lovers will love this dish. Thick,creamy mentai sauce with hot soba.
Hot Sukiyaki Soba S$18.00
Since it is sukiyaki soba, the broth has the sweet and salty flavour in it with the ingredients including sliced pork and vegetables to go along with the soba.
Dry Kamo Maze Soba S$16.00
It is basically dry soba with slices of duck meats and egg. We poked the egg and mixed it with the soba and meats before indulging it.
This is my first time trying out different style of soba. Nadai Fujisoba Ni-Hachi has made soba an interesting dish to explore other than the usual cold soba in other Japanese restaurants. Furthermore, the price offered is considered pocket-friendly with price ranging from S$8.00 onwards.
Nadai Fujisoba Ni-Hachi
Address: 100 Tras Street
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/FujiSoba-Singapore-326049881100556/
[This is an invited tasting.]