Towada Metro dori Makes Fresh Soba Daily

Towada Metro dori is a soba restaurant next to the Senso-Ji Temple in Asakusa district of Tokyo, Japan.  It’s pretty cheap for a meal.

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Soba is a buckwheat noodle that originated in Tokyo.  The noodles are rich in thiamine (or Vitamin B1), which became popular in Japan.  It reduced the cases of beriberi in Japan, which was common during the Edo period.  With history aside, the real question is whether authentic soba is tasty or not.  That’s a question I wanted to know.

Shrimp Tempura In Japan
Shrimp Tempura

Towada Metro dori is a few steps from Senso-Ji Temple.  The restaurant has someone in the window making the fresh noodles.  It’s definitely a sight to watch as I was drooling on the window with my face pressed against it; it definitely wasn’t a pretty sight when I tried to lick the dirty window.   Don’t judge a person who is hungry.

The restaurant was two-stories.  The wait staff were all really helpful even though they didn’t speak English.  They understood when I pointed to a picture then gave a thumbs up.  Thank goodness I’m proficient in sign language.  I don’t think I would be able to navigate different countries without it.

Towada had a few set menus.  I went with one of the lunch specials, which included soba noodles, shrimp tempura with rice, and a dipping sauce.  It would have been pretty moronic of me to order anything else at a Soba noodles restaurant.   It doesn’t make any damn sense to order something they didn’t specialized in.  That’s like going to McDonald’s and ordering a salad.

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The soba noodles were serve cold.  The texture resembles spaghetti with its al dente finish and chewiness.  The refreshing Tsuyu dipping sauce was light and flavorful; the dashi stock was light and I was expecting a more intense flavor.  The Shrimp tempura was plump, but the batter was on the soggy side.  The rice was drizzle with teriyaki and soy sauce; it definitely made the rice bowl a lot better even though the rice’s texture was near perfect.

Soba lunch specials
Lunch specials

Overall, Towada definitely takes advantage of the tourist traffic in the area.  The soba maker in the window draws attention to tourists in the area looking for a quick meal.  .The set menu definitely helps and it helps tourists get on their way as soon as possible.  However, I wouldn’t label Towada as a good option for solid soba noodles.  It’s a convenient option like a Netflix and Chill partner.

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  • 7/10
    Service - 7/10
  • 5/10
    Presentation - 5/10
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    Flavors - 5/10
  • 6/10
    Decor - 6/10
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    Ambiance - 5/10
5.6/10

Summary

Towada Metro dori is a soba restaurant next to the Senso-Ji Temple in Asakusa district of Tokyo, Japan.  It’s pretty cheap for a meal. However, I wouldn’t label Towada as a good option for solid soba noodles.  It’s a convenient option.