A tiny, crooked warren of shadowy rooms trimmed in wood, this Fremont Japanese haunt is highly popular. Mutsuko Soma learned the art of hand-rolling soba noodles from her grandmother, but she doesn’t allow herself to be confined by tradition. Her classic signature soba (rare duck breast and meatballs with slices of leek) sits alongside unexpected pairings such as fried satsuma yam dressed with honey and gorgonzola, and even extends to tempura-fried Oreos. This is a bold, creative chef going where few have gone before. It’s surprising, challenging and a whole lot of fun.
1054 North 39th Street, Fremont, Seattle, WA 98103