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).