Soba, or buckwheat noodles, are light but filling, and there are many places where you can enjoy them— from standing counter bars, to udon shops, to refined specialty shops. This month we are pleased to introduce Imatomi—an elegant but welcoming soba restaurant run by a dedicated owner, Imatomi. Every morning, Imatomi grinds buckwheat delivered fresh from Kumamoto and makes his noodles by hand. Customers can choose from two main types of soba: seiro, cold noodles served on bamboo screens, and kakesoba, soba in hot soup. During the lunch rush, a single bowl of soba would suffice, but you may also want to try one of the trademark side-dishes, such as duck or stewed herring. In the evening, why not enjoy a tipple of sake while you wait for your meal? Not sure what to order? Try the soba set (¥1,900) that comes with three or four appetizers and a double shot (90ml) of sake (which can be substituted with a dessert).
Menu: Seiro ¥840 (L size: +¥350; refill: ¥650), kakesoba ¥840, shrimp tempura soba ¥1,600, kamo-yaki ¥1,400, tempura plate ¥1,600, whole fried conger eel ¥1,300, stewed herring ¥900, rolled omelet ¥850, beer (Heartland; M. bottle) ¥700, sake (100ml) ¥500~600
Originally published in Fukuoka Now Magazine (fn201, Sep. 2015)