Monday, February 10, 2014

hikawa

IMG_5128 We recently tried a soba shop in our neighborhood, Hikawa.

The owner is a potter, I think he makes the plates & bowls that he serves his soba in.

He renovated his work area into this restaurant himself...cool!

IMG_5130 Lunch started off with some soba.

He doesn't serve "the same types of soba" that you'd find in most other soba shops, instead he gives his customers a chance to taste soba "au naturel".

The soba comes cold without a soup and you are encouraged to try it with different things like coarse sea salt, a soy sauce...so delicious! a little nutty in flavor with a nice chew to them.

IMG_5131 Satoshi tried the soba nigiri set...1400 yen.

This came with a yakionigiri (grilled rice ball) wrapped with a thin soba (buckwheat) crepe. His meal also came with a piece of soba tofu and some pickles.

Satoshi said this was different but delicious.

IMG_5132 I ordered the galette complète (literally complete galette)...1600 yen.

The owner uses all buckwheat flour in his galette unlike some other shops which start with a white flour base then add a little buckwheat flour to it. (He's checked out his competition!)

There was camembert cheese, ham, and fruits like kiwi & pear in there...sweet, salty and the crepe was crisp on the outside.

So good!

IMG_5133 The owner also let me taste a piece of soba tofu, this was dense with lots of buckwheat flavor, nutty and a little smokey.

IMG_5135 We were the only customers at the times, so after eating we chatted with the owner.

He was so nice that he also let us taste his thick soba noodles, these were chewy, almost like mochi.

With our meals also came a thick porridge made from the soba water.

He isn't doing the kind of soba that everyone is used to, in fact he said that some customers have left because he doesn't have tempura on his menu....their loss!

Still, he says he enjoys what he is doing...a good thing.

We'll be back.

Hikawa
1-1-17-H Iguchido
Ikeda, Osaka
Phone: 072.761.0159
Open Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday
Lunch: 11:30-15:00
Dinner*: 17:30-21:00 *by reservations the day before

9 comments:

K said...

Wow, I love all of the variations on soba, how interesting!

Lindsay-Jean said...

Oh my gosh, everything looks amazing. I need a magic carpet!

Kozue said...

So cool!! There are many soba shops, but they can be boring because most soba menus don't have side dishes... I think the owner is passionate and talented!

KirkK said...

That looks interesting...and delicious Kat! I think it's really neat that the guy is doing his own thing.

Fiona said...

That looks delicious and inventive! I definitely want to try it out.

Wishful Thinker said...

Very, very interesting place with a cool owner!

K and S said...

indeed K!

let me know when you are coming LJ :)

so true Kozue :)

me too Kirk :)

let me know if you want to meet up to try this place, Fiona :)

cool is right, WT :)

Take care everyone!
Kat

Rowena... said...

What a gorgeous place - and the galette!!! Sigh, now I'm thinking of Bretagne and how great it was to spend some time there. Let's see if soba will become the latest fad in Milan. Right now it's ramen...

K and S said...

Japanese food became a UNESCO thingy, so I hope you'll see more of it in your area Rowena :)

Take care!
Kat