The Tuna got married to the Soba! The excellent combination of two traditional Japanese foods is fascinating to many gourmets.
Tuna is the most popular fish among Japanese people. This specialty dish, with tuna meat and soba, is eaten in a unique style. First, the customer eats the soba noodles. Then, save the liquid or add hot water. Put the cut Otoro part of fresh red tuna in the bowl with liquid. If the customer chooses a different style of enjoying this specialty dish, they can eat the tuna together with soba noodles.
The harmonious taste of the fish and soup is popular with all customers. The savory essence of tuna and soba in this delicious meal keeps the customers coming back. Since the restaurant started, customers who have tasted Maguro-Soba have returned many times.
Especially, it is becoming popular with women and children who do not care for strong fish smell. The seasonally captured tuna that is served in the restaurant is bought on that day so that it is always fresh.
The owner's vast experience enables him to select the best tuna and soba at a reasonable price.
Customers may also eat tuna in a variety of ways at the restaurant, for example, Fried-Tuna, Tuna-Hamburger, and other dishes made with fresh tuna. Customers enjoy eating tuna dishes with alcoholic beverages including beer, Japanese sake, shocyu, and wine. Many popular tuna dishes may also be available for take-out this year.
Maguro Soba Restaurant is located in Asakusa which is well known even to foreign tourists and is next to Nakamise Dori in Asakusa temple. It has a nice atmosphere which includes an interior featuring naturally warm wooden decoration and a modern exterior. Visitors will be impressed by the exquisite and sophisticated architecture. Mr. Utagawa has been managing the tuna business in Asakusa for over 40 years. Then, he found a partner who makes an excellent Soba noodle. His experience coupled with his new idea led him to begin offering this different yet authentic Japanese dish with soba and tuna to his customers in June of 2011.
The owner, Mr. Utagawa has tried to develop an innovative method to present this delicious fish to his customers. While he was developing a new dish by combining tuna and soba, he created a signature dish called Maguro-Soba which became the name of his restaurant. Mr. Utagawa got his idea from a traditional Japanese soup made from dried fish and hot tea, served with rice on the side. He tried to create a new dish by combining soba noodle soup with tuna, a successful combination with no fishy smell.
Maguro Soba, Asakusa Head restaurant
Address: 1-31-3 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Direction: Five minutes-walk from Asakusa station on Toei Asakusa-line and Tobu line
Open hour: 11:30～22:00（Sat & Sun 11:00～）
Average spending per customer: 3000 yen
Operating company: Daisei Co., Ltd.
The restaurant is located in a renovated historic building which retains many original architectural features including heavy alcove posts and openwork transom windows, dating from before the Showa(1926-1989) and Heisei(1989-Present) eras.
The restaurant also features a large screen so that customers can watch broadcasts of major cultural events such as the Sanja festival, one of the 3 great festivals in Japan. The owner also plans to offer concerts and other entertainment, including an arrangement with the rickshaw ride company.
This May, a new attraction, the 634-meter Tokyo Sky Tree tower, will open nearby. The Maguro-Soba restaurant is an ideal location to view this remarkable landmark.