Lunch at Tamawarai

Lunch at Tamawarai

at Tamawarai (玉笑) on 23 February 2024
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I recently had the pleasure of dining at Tamawarai, a cozy soba spot in Harajuku known for its traditional approach and Michelin star. Despite the potential wait due to its popularity, the experience was well worth it, offering a chance to enjoy thoughtfully prepared dishes at a good value.

The meal began with a variety of starters, including an outstanding baked miso that was perfectly umami. The fluffy omelette, enhanced with daikon and a touch of soy sauce, provided a light yet flavorful start, with just three bites making a memorable impact.

The fresh tofu impressed with its simplicity and lightness, showcasing the quality of the ingredients. The sobagaki, a warm, nutty delight dipped in soy sauce with green onions, stood out for its delicious taste and unique texture.

The main dish, soba with natto, raw egg, and nori, was a blend of strong flavors and textures, mixed together for a slurp-worthy experience that did not disappoint.

While the wait might be a downside for some, the quality and flavor of the food more than make up for it. The reasonable price point for such high-quality dishes is the cherry on top, making Tamawarai a must-visit for those in Tokyo looking for an authentic soba experience. The dedication to traditional soba preparation, from sourcing to serving, shines through in every dish, making each bite a testament to the chef’s expertise and passion for Japanese cuisine.

Soba
6 / 10