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My (Japanese) parents (that live in CT) are coming for a visit and have requested I find them a fresh soba place. Any suggestions? I live in West Hollywood but am willing to drive. Thanks in advance!

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  1. Here's a thread from 2 years ago: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/773403

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    1. re: PeterCC

      Thanks! Just read the thread. Sounds like Ichimiann is still the place to go but I'll check with my parents to see if they'd be interested in trying the sarashina soba flour instead.

    2. Otafuku
      16525 S Western Ave
      Gardena, CA 90247
      (310) 532-9348

      They might still have the cold seiro soba (was hard for me to find when I lived in Tokyo) with ume for as long as the weather is a little warm.

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      1. re: revets2

        The cold seiro soba was much better than the regular cold soba at Otafuku.

        I still prefer the cold soba at I-naba by a small margin. The tempura I prefer at I-naba by a significant margin.

        1. re: Porthos

          Thanks! I'm not a huge tempura fan but my mom is so perhaps we'll need to try both places!

        2. re: revets2

          @otafuku - cold seiro soba + uni plate = heaven

          1. re: ns1

            Ooo, uni... We also went to Maruhide Uni Club and had their $120 omakase. More than plenty (Dad gave up around course 6), the meal was fantastic, service was very gracious. One piece of sushi had probably four lobes of uni on top! The room is pretty basic but the uni was stupendous. My husband said the chu toro was probably the best he's ever had.

        3. Ichimian and Inaba. both in Torrance and part of the same company, make the best soba noodles here

          Other good places:
          Otafuku in Gardena. I like their tempura, especially the anago.

          Soba Sojibo in Torrance and Sawtelle Blvd. A tier below the ones previously mentioned.

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          1. re: Ogawak

            Since you've been to both Ichimiann and Otafuku, which do you prefer?

            1. re: fromNYCto

              I'm not a fan of the Seiro soba. I prefer the darker, heartier soba. Inaba/Ichimian does it the way i like it. Inaba is a nice sit down place, while Ichimian is more of a ultra casual spot. I would take the folks to Inaba, unless they express a preference to try the Seiro, then Otafuku.

          2. ..If threre old school Japanese like my parents stick to Otafuku on Western...Agree on the Anago over rice, Seiro soba if they have it and also their Tamago Yaki...Owner is so particular he is even finicky on the type of water he uses.....Other places mentioned are not even close.....Especially Ichiman is like fast food joint like one of those places in Tokyo thats inside the train station and you eat and go....

            1. Since you live in WeHo I wondered if you've tried the soba at Yabu, right in your backyard, before? http://www.yaburestaurant.com/hollywo...

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              1. re: Servorg

                No, I haven't been there and that would definitely be much closer but I think my parents are set on going someplace that specializes in soba. Thanks for the reco, though!

              2. So, we ended up at Otafuku because Dad wanted sarashina soba. Turns out he'd been there before! No matter, my mom had never been and neither had I so all in all, it was a good outing. And the Marukai supermarket that's nearby is HUGE! Much bigger than the two in LA. We were there for HOURS! Thanks, Everyone for your suggestions! I have to go try Ichimian for myself next time.

                : )

                1. Just to chime in here. The Ichimian in the Rolling Hills plaza is a bit more atmospherically refined than the one in DT Torrance. The quality of noodle, however, is high in both places.

                  The last time I was at Otafuku, I got such a bad vibe from the unhappy staff and their snapping master it lost my appetite to return.

                  Agreed that Sojibo is a step below the two above.

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                  1. re: SecretAsianMan

                    Good to know - thanks! Hoping to make it to Ichimian soon!