Sobakiri Mimaki, Akasaka, Tokyo, Japan

Sobakiri Mimaki: Affordable, High-Quality Tempura in Minato

Updated November 9, 2019, by C. Thiele, 23 year veteran of Tokyo.

Sobakiri Mimaki is a soba/tempura restaurant in Akasaka, Minato — specializing in incredible-quality food while also maintaining an excellent price.

Here’s the crazy thing about this little soba and tempura restaurant. It’s affordable, a dish can be had for less than ¥600 — yet it’s as good, or better in some cases than many so-called “fancy” tempura shops.

You can get soba in both hot and cold varieties, and the tempura on the side, or as a donburi (on top of the soba in a bowl).

It also doesn’t have the atmosphere of a fast-food soba chain. It’s more of a traditional, but modern feel, which lends well to the overall experience — making it even more surprising just how cheap you can snag some quality tempura for.

It is a relatively new shop too. It opened in 2016, and it looks like the owner really cares about keeping the place clean. So it’s not that hole-in-the-wall type place that seems ancient and mysterious.

Instead, it’s well-lit, lighter tones, with clean, sharp surfaces — and brushed stainless steel kitchen you can watch from the counter seating.

It is quite small too, and that means there’s often a line waiting to get in. My advice? Go at off-hours. Don’t try to be there right at lunch or dinner time. If you offset your mealtime an hour or so you shouldn’t experience an extended wait.

Seating, and Comfort: Is Sobakiri Mimaki Family Friendly?

Oh, and did I mention the restaurant is quite small? It does make it a bit difficult for my large frame to sit comfortably at the tiny counter seats. And while there are a few small tables, I wouldn’t say Sobakiri Mimaki is super family-friendly.

If you have little ones or a family of 6, you’re probably going to have a hard time fitting everyone in comfortably.

Note: in Japan, you’ll often find tempura shops also serve soba, and vice-versa. They go hand-in-hand here.

Map pin to Sobakiri Mimaki
2-min walk from Akasaka-Mitsuke Station #tempura #soba

+Expect to spend a little less than ¥1,000 per person, credit cards not accepted, bring cash (Tabelog).

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