TOSHIAN (Shirogane)

Posted by Tokyo Joe on 02.2012 Soba & Udon 7 comments 0 trackback
利庵 outside
When there weren't much restaurants in Shirogane, TOSHIAN was one of few restaurants there and also one of the best soba restaurants in Tokyo.

利庵 menu
In the early 90's, one of my bosses brought me here. He was a soba freak and I really wasn't since I'm more of a udon lover, but Toshian opened my eyes to fine soba.

利庵 せいろう
Just like any fine soba restaurant, to know how good they are you wanna try out SEIRO (Cold Soba) for 800 yen. The dipping sauce isn't salty as other soba restaurants and buckwheat aroma which comes out from the soba is classical.

利庵 天せいろう
If you want some tempura with it then choose TENSEIRO (Cold Soba with Kakiage) for 1,900 yen. Its a classical kakiage (round tempura) which isn't oily at all.

利庵 かきあられ
If you want a fluffier thinker tempura there is KAKIARARE (Think round tempura with scallops over soba) for 1,250 yen. Instead of dipping the tempura and soba into the sauce, you pour the sauce over it.

利庵 鴨南蛮そば
For soba in hot soup, try KAMONANBAN (Grilled duck breast in soup soba) for 1,900 yen.

利庵 出汁巻き玉子
They also have authentic starter dishes like DASHIMAKI TAMAGO (Egg omulet),

利庵 あいやき
AIYAKI (Grilled duck breast and green onions) and many other dishes.

利庵 inside
Many soba lovers say that the quality of Toshina has gone done, but in my opinion it has stayed the same and its just that there are many good soba restaurants compared to the past. Its authentic soba, building and decor reminds you of 50- 60's of Japan. There could be a decent wait on weekends, but if you are ever in Shirogane area and looking for authentic soba its worth the wait.

TOSHIAN (in Japanese, 利庵)
Address: 5-17-2 Shiroganedai, Minato-ku, Tokyo
(in Japanese, 東京都港区白金台5-17-2)
Nearest train station: Tokyo Metro Shiroganedai (3 min walk)
Tel: 03-3444-1741
Reservations: No
Website: None
English menu: No
Credit Card: No
Open: 11:30am-7:30pm
Closed: Monday & Tuesday (but will open if its a holiday)

Prices: Soba from 800-1,900 yen
Other dishes from 500-2,000 yen

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