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Cold soba noodles are perfect for the hotter summer months, serving as a great refreshing meal at any time of the day. I can just imagine being in Obuse in the summer, after spending a day roaming the town’s far out temples and quiet side streets and stopping in at this soba restaurant for a light lunch. The restaurant channels that zen vibe from the moment you walk in, with the bubbling water fountain at the entrance, the straw tatami mats in the seating area, the simple calligraphy based art, and the rustic, traditional hand crafted pottery pieces decorating the place. It’s like the perfect retreat.
The bright orange colour that seems hallmark to the cheery little soba shop is hard to miss walking down Delancey street. Cartoon figures welcome you from the windows and wait for you between the pages of the menu, helpfully pointing out nutritional benefits as well as tips and suggestions on how best to enjoy your meal there. Instructional cards are handed out according to the dish ordered, giving you a little bit of extra info on the history of the dish and the method of traditional consumption.
In North America, the term ‘buffet’ usually brings to mind a low brow, sort of pedestrian dining experience. Here, in Asia, it is quite the opposite. Some of the best restaurants in Taipei are buffet style – Shin Yeh is a good example. Offering all-you-can-eat Japanese cuisine, there is a wealth of foods and drink to choose from. At the drink bar, there is Calpis (sweet white colored drink), white and red wine, plum vinegar wine, sake, Taiwanese beer, fruit juices, hot and cold tea and coffee. There is a sashimi bar that includes the largest oysters I have ever seen, trays of fried rice, tempura shrimp and vegetables, soba noodles, stir fried oolong noodles, tea kettle soup, steamed eggs, sushi… the list goes on. The pictures speak for themselves.