New Restaurant Alert: NadaiFujisoba at Bonifacio Global City
Soba is a logical progression from ramen, and this place is your introduction.
Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City
Open daily from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 12 p.m.
(SPOT.ph) In a city full of ramen joints big and small, a store peddling other types of noodles might not be your first choice. But the affair with ramen is over. You've checked off all of them—the miso, the shoyo, the tonkotsu, the tantanmen—and now it's time to move on. To NadaiFujisoba.
NadaiFujisoba is a Japanese import specializing in thin buckwheat noodles that has recently set shop in Manila. Their noodles have a spaghetti-like thinness and have a slight nutty, roasted robust flavor. They are served either chilled or cold with a dipping sauce or hot in a bowl of savory broth.
Of course, NadaiFujisoba serves both. A quick look at the menu will give you several options for either, and all the hot bowls utilize the same bonito-based broth—a salty soup made from bonito flakes or dried smoked tuna.
Ebi Ten Mori Soba
On our first date with NadaiFujisoba, the server set us up with the Aka FujiSoba (P260). It's a hot bowl with simmered beef, a poached egg, and a generous sprinkling of chili powder—each element giving this bowl more dimension. The Aka FujiSoba's just-right myriad of savory flavors make our second bowl, the Ebi Ten Mori Soba (P260), seem a little too potent. The salt tends to overwhelm after a few hearty slurps, but it's nothing a few shakes of chili powder can't solve. The ebi tempura, impressively enough, holds well despite being soaked in the broth.
You can get that tempura ala carte though (P180/two pieces, P290/five pieces). They're plump shrimps covered in a simple white batter. You can get them with rice, too. Donburi bowls start at P100.
The noodles, springy and slightly chewy, are the real star at NadaiFujisoba, but there are other reasons to come back. With the brisk service and affordable price range, this is a place that won’t leave you hungry for long.