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Any reports on Soba Sojibo?!

Porthos Apr 30, 2013 06:35 PM

Asked my reliable Japanese eats source for some soba recommendations the other day and she mentioned a Japanese chain Sojibo in Torrance. As I googled it to come up with more info, I discover that there is also a Sawtelle branch!

Whaaat!? I don't recall any hound mentioning this place and it's been open since November 2012 according to Tony C. I searched CH and there are exactly 2 passing mentions of this place.

Supposedly it's house made soba from a chain from Japan. You'd think there would be more mention of this place!

I know JL has gone. Any reports about the quality of the soba and izakya from anyone else? Maybe people are trying to keep this place off the radar intentionally?

I'll try to hit the Torrance once the next chance I get.

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  1. J.L. RE: Porthos Apr 30, 2013 07:35 PM

    The current standard model of physics states that it is simply impossible to keep an eatery off the radar on a street like Sawtelle, especially if it occupies the space which formerly housed the beloved Orris.

    I've tried Sojibo twice - the soba there is indeed quite good. I like their other izakaya fare as well. I recommend it.

    Tough to go there more frequently because, well, there's just so many other palate distractions in such close proximity, that's all...

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      epop RE: Porthos Apr 30, 2013 11:44 PM

      Best soba around so far, and solid, but there is room still for perfection.

      1. Porthos RE: Porthos Apr 30, 2013 11:56 PM

        How would you guys compare the soba to the likes of I-naba or Otafuku?

        1. PeterCC RE: Porthos May 1, 2013 12:29 AM

          chrishei recommended I try it but I haven't made it there yet. Though now that I've crossed the Annex off, I may try to go to this place in the near future.

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            MarkC RE: Porthos May 1, 2013 06:45 AM

            We were at the Sawtelle branch last week. I'm not a soba expert, but the food was quite good, I recommend it. Of special interest was the vegetarian soba, which features some unusual Japanese vegetables like natta, mountain yam, and something else I've forgotten.

            Soba has a rather austere simplicity to it, so I'm not surprised people don't talk about it as much as ramen.

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              Porthos RE: MarkC May 1, 2013 08:54 AM

              Soba has a rather austere simplicity to it, so I'm not surprised people don't talk about it as much as ramen.
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              That's what I love about soba and udon. That simplicity that requires it to be perfect.

              Eating less and less ramen these days in favor of soba and udon.

              Appreciate the feedback from everyone.

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              Ogawak RE: Porthos May 1, 2013 07:07 AM

              Not a soba expert, but I love Inaba's version. I found Sojibo very good but rather expensive compared to Inaba. Push comes to shove, I would opt for Inaba/Ichimian.

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                raizans RE: Porthos May 1, 2013 08:12 AM

                i've heard it's pretty good, but i put it off until it gets warmer. not really one for soba when it's served hot.

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                  chowseeker1999 RE: Porthos May 2, 2013 07:40 PM

                  I've tried the Torrance branch.

                  Awful. Some of the worst Soba I've had in a long time. :( Making sure it wasn't a fluke, we dined with a party of 5. Everyone agreed the Soba was mediocre.

                  Overcooked, flabby, tasted like mass produced Soba.

                  Ichimian and Inaba are in a league above this easily.

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                    Porthos RE: chowseeker1999 May 2, 2013 08:27 PM

                    Wow! Thanks for the warning!

                    Did you have it in hot soup or cold without soup?

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                      chowseeker1999 RE: Porthos May 2, 2013 11:08 PM

                      I tried it in my favorite form: zaru soba (cold). I tried my friend's hot soba (2 of them ordered hot, the rest cold), with various sides.

                      I was really bummed out also, because I heard good things about it. :(

                      But Otafuku, Ichimian and Inaba are definitely way ahead of this place. Very disappointed.

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                        Porthos RE: chowseeker1999 May 3, 2013 12:00 AM

                        Nice, I also prefer zaru soba.

                        Thanks for the heads up. Will move Otafuku back up the list.

                        Have you tried the Otafuku tempura anago vs I-naba tempura anago?

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                          chowseeker1999 RE: Porthos May 9, 2013 09:52 PM

                          Np, YMMV of course. :) But I just felt I had to share my experience with Sojibo (awful). :(

                          I have not tried Otafuku's tempura anago. I *did* love their anago shiroyaki (yum!).

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