English Reviews (Reviews Total Language : 22 reviews)
“Excellent Soba Experience”
I went with my family (of 3). We reserved a private booth and received a warm welcome as well as the traditional Japanese politeness through the dinner course. Three kinds of soba offered and the tempura was delicious. The sashimi to start was excellent. I would recommend reservations ahead of t...ime. This is the Ginza and can nicely go shopping before or after or both if you indulge a little over on food.
Visited October 2019
“Delicious home made soba noodles with great service. Good gluten free options. ”
The home made fresh soba is absolutely wonderful!! I had a hot soup with tofu and my husband had the cold zaru soba with a beautiful and delicious duck wrapped in soba crepe. And we ordered a side of pickles which go great with the soba. You have your choose of three different kinds of soba, two a...re 100% soba so great for gluten free options. Yebisuya beer was recommended and it is great beer. Only downside is that this restaurant allows smoking though we asked for nonsmoking and had a private room. But if you are sensitive to smoke it is very noticeable.
Visited November 2016
“Soba and Spice and Everything Nice.”
Soba may sound like a simple Japanese meal but the care that goes into the dishes at Matsugen Rin is anything but simple. Each time an order for soba is made here, the grinder goes to work, refining unhulled buckwheat seeds mixed with water that comes from the foothills of the Nikko mountains to pro...duce the highest quality soba noodles. The Kamo Jiro, which features Mori noodles in a duck broth with slices of roast duck was a hearty bowl of comfort with robust but clean flavours. My favourite was the cold Inaka made from whole soba nutlets (shells included) which delivers the most authentic soba flavour. The rest of the dishes did more than play second fiddle to the noodles. The sashimi were really fresh and beautifully cut, the grilled pork loin was succulent and tender, and the tempura was sufficiently good. My only gripe was the snow crab salad, which was rather plain - the crispy buckwheat flour cup that came with it was too thick and hard. I do like the ambience of the restaurant - it had an upscale vibe to it that is modern yet rustic at the same time. You won't find this place on most English food guides and I suspect they would rather keep it that way, but don't be afraid to make a trip there as the staff are really friendly.
Visited July 2016
Lunch was traditional multi course meal presented with impeccable Japanese politeness. The booth was cosy, nothing was a problem & cost was Y34,000 served for 3 people. Highly recommended for authentic experience. Note that restaurant is on the 3rd or 4th floor with only a small sign at street level... beside elevator.
Visited June 2016
“Great variety of soba”
After reading a positive review on a blog, we got a cab to the Ebisu location. With a bit of difficulty finding it even with a printed map in Japanese and with GPS, we were still among the first to arrive for lunch at 11:30. They had our reservations, and provided English menus. Our concierge let th...em know I'm a vegetarian when they booked, and they checked what was OK and what wasn't, which was nice. We tried three mains including hot and cold soba options, and all were excellent. The place was full by 12:30, but we were the only Westerners. Really great meal at a reasonable price.
Visited September 2014