Ruko Elang Laut
Blok D / No. 39
Pantai Indah Kapuk
Shiraku Soba is a brand new restaurant in Pantai Indah Kapuk, North Jakarta. Just around one month old. When I come to the premises of the restaurant, it is all in simple design. There is nothing fancy when I come there, just a room with a bunch of tables and chairs. If the restaurant is very simple, I bet there is something good about the restaurant that makes people come and stay there.
From my recent visit, these are what I can find about the restaurant:
As it is said by the name of the restaurant, they sell soba and its relatives. All the soba and everything else in your bowl in Shiraku Soba are freshly made by the restaurant itself. Very nice!
For those who don't know what Soba is… Soba is thin noodle made from buckwheat flour, and in Japan can refer to any thin noodle (unlike thick wheat noodles, known as udon). There are a few noodle dishes named soba that are not made with buckwheat noodles. However, "soba" always refers to buckwheat noodles.
What so special about the bowl of soba in Shiraku Soba is that it is served dry, no soup at all. As I believe that I should not consume too much liquid during my meal time for a health reason, this is very good. The soba can be digest better and my belly is not filled too full with the soup. That means I can fill up the other side of my belly with some yummy drinks from this restaurant ;-))
I enjoy my dishes by using my chopsticks to lead the noodles into my mouth while making a slurping sound. Awesome!
Note that the slurping enhances the flavors and helps cool down the hot noodles as they enter your mouth.
For those who are not friendly with the soba, Shiraku Soba serves dishes with rice and ramen too.
Shiraku Soba serves 5 appetizers, 8 soba dishes, 6 donburi dishes, 5 additional food, 8 flavored green tea, and 7 drinks. The dishes are topped with chicken, ox, pork, or sirloin steak. Yummy!
Shiraku Soba serves 8 flavored tea from Japan too. You can choose your favorite tea as follows:
- Genmaicha (Sencha Green Tea, Roasted Rice, Matcha Green Tea Powder)
- Strawberry Field (Green Tea, Papaya Bits, Freeze Dried Strawberry)
- Cherry Blossom (Green Tea, Rose Petal, Freeze Dried Pineapple)
- Tropical Sunset (Green Tea, Pineapple, Mango, Calendula Petals)
- Exotic Escape (Green Tea, Mango, Pineapple, Papaya Rose Petals, Calendula Petals, Blue Cornflower)
- Peach Obsession (Green Tea, Freeze Dried Peach Bits, Blue Cornflower)
- Pomegranate (Green Tea, Green Rooibos, Rosehip, Pomegranate)
- Lychee Twist (Green Tea, Pineapple Bits, Pink Cornflower)
The best seller flavored tea in the restaurant is the Tropical Sunset. Don't forget to try it!
Check the pictures of the desserts in Shiraku Soba and tell me if you are not drooling :-D
The best one is the third dessert. It is ice cream with Mochi around it. Nom! Nom! Nom!
NON SMOKING RESTAURANT
So how many restaurants in the world that sacrifice their taste by giving up their rooms to the bad smokers? Well, there are a lot of them. But not in Shiraku Soba. In the restaurant, smoking is not allowed. Oh yeah! This is nice for me who is allergic to the cigarette and the smoking people.
Excuse me, but I hate smokers. They are selfish aliens who spread disease to others and the nature!
So, thank you, Shiraku Soba, for keeping your restaurant space safe from cigarettes for everybody. Good work!
Shiraku Soba is owned by Chef Ridwan Kumala. Chef Ridwan has been dealing with the culinary world for a long time. He started his culinary experience when he lived in Australia some years ago. Now he is at home and bringing all he can to spice the culinary experience in Indonesia.
Usually, Chef Ridwan is busy cooking at the kitchen of Shiraku Soba. But if you stop by at the restaurant, just ask him to accompany you. He will be happy to talk about his food with you. Oh by the way, the wife of Chef Ridwan is around the restaurant to help him. She is a friendly woman. Ask her, and everything will be alright ;-)
Chef Ridwan is also associated with Carnivor BBQ, Cut 'n Grill and Carnivor Sky Bar.
Enjoy your lunch, everyone!