Nadai Fujisoba's Amazing Japanese Noodles in Lucky Chinatown Mall
When I was looking for a good place to eat in Lucky Chinatown Mall, I remembered that I came across this store that seemed to be selling ramen. I did a quick search on the net, and I found out that it was not ramen that they are offering, but rather "soba" and "udon". I slightly felt disappointed because I was really craving for the ramen, but I still went for it, thinking that both of them are still Japanese noodles. Later that evening, I couldn't believe that I just found another favorite that I can add to my list -- Nadai Fujisoba!
The interior of Nadai Fujisoba here in Lucky Chinatown Mall is undeniably small, but they've placed a remedy on this by adding tables and chairs outside. Hence, in my estimate, this restaurant may accommodate about 40 people at a time.
Okay, now we shall check out the dishes we had during that night.
Yasai Kakiage (Mixed Vegetable Tempura) || P120
This mixed veggie tempura was fantastic despite it being slightly expensive relative to the sobas. It also came with a tempura sauce that really excited my buds -- rightly sweet and savory!
Oyakodon || P180
The oyakodon was savory sweet. Although the chicken was not melty tender, it was still decent. However, I still suggest that you go for the soba, that's really something they are famous for!
Ebi Ten Soba || P280
This is what my mom had during the night. It had almost the same taste with what I ordered, but the difference was attributable to the added "seafood" touches from the tempura. I just love how well the tempura went with the soba. Plus, the shrimp was all fresh and soft.
Aka Fuji Soba || P260
On my first sip of this soba a sudden wave of comforting delicious flavors just hit me! - ANSPK
This Aka Fuji Soba contains diverse ingredients that all blend into a uniform unique taste. It has flavors coming from the broth, beef, nori, spring onions, chili powder, organic egg and etc. On top of this, everything was arranged artistically resulting to a beautiful work of art.
The soup of this Aka Fuji Soba was indeed tasty. Noodles were thick -- firm on the outside and soft in the inner giving you a great "biting sensation". There was also a wonderful hint of spice tickles the buds. Meat was also tasty on its own. Lastly, the organic egg was a fantastic velvety finish to the overall play as it melts away in your palate.
Overall, there were various fun mix of flavors that play and blend harmoniously creating a wonderful impression. It was definitely amazing!
Nadai Fujisoba - Overall Ratings and Summary
Note: Unshaded stars are equivalents of half-stars. The ratings apply solely to this dining experience.
Value for Money ★★★★★
Budget: at least P200 each for a personal bowl of a soba or udon
Nadai Fujisoba was unexpectedly something that really delighted my palate. It may be because I didn't expect too much from it. The soba that I had was just amazing, and the price was more than justified. I almost had the same joy and satisfaction that I usually get from the eating noodles of the popular ramen houses in Manila.
With this experience, Nadai Fujisoba has now become my top favorite place to eat in Lucky Chinatown Manila (now that Tonkatsu by Terazawa just closed down).
Related Blog Post on Japanese Noodles:
- Incomplete Top 10 Ramen Restaurants in Manila - my personal picks
Location: Second Floor (2/F), Lucky Chinatown Mall, Binondo, Manila
Store Hours: 10:00 am to 10:00 pm
Service Charge: 10% on price
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