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