Recently I have been going to an unusual soba restaurant near my workplace. It’s called がっつけ, and I like it very much.
My favorite Japanese food is soba, and I often eat cold soba noodles for lunch. I used to go to a Horokanai soba shop around the corner from here, but the old man who was the chef retired. When I tried the noodles made by the new, young chef, they were not so delicious, so I stopped going there. My favorite kind of soba is cold soba with hot duck soup and green onions. I sometimes go to Maruki or other famous soba shops, but when I don’t have much time for lunch, I always go to がっつけ.
Their soba is unique for two reasons. First, there is a salad on top of the cold noodles. A whole salad! There is mizuna, paprika, nori, onions – even sliced kabosu. This is fresh and delicious, and it goes well with the hot dipping soup, which is the second unique thing about this restaurant. The soup comes with ラー油 in it and is just a little bit spicy. The vegetables and soba are really great dipped in this hot soup. There are also three kinds of meat to choose from for the soup: chicken, pork, or lamb. There are some other options, but I usually get one of these. There is no duck, but this restaurant is reasonable and delicious, so I visit often.
If you want to try a unique and delicious soba/salad, I recommend this little shop. It’s in the basement of the Shikishima building, on the corner of Ekimae street.