Food Porn: Miyabi 45th

Japanese soba noodles and much more.

In this edition of Food Porn, we feature Miyabi 45th, opened this spring by chef and owner, Soma Mutsuko. Soma graduated from the Art Institute of Seattle and has worked at Harvest Vine, Saito, and Chez Shea. She returned to Japan to learn the art of making traditional buckwheat Soba noodles and has brought it back to the Northwest. A cute atmosphere and fresh hand cut noodles, this may be the perfect place to cozy up for a warm meal this winter.

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Chyashu Nanban Soba. Photo by Jennifer Liu.

Along with the soba noodles that are quintessential to your visit to Miyabi, the menu offers an array of tasty starters and appetizers. Uni Beef Tartare features Painted Hills beef topped with rich sea urchin, with pine nuts and house made crackers. The combination is unique; a little beef, a little sea urchin, and some pine nut piled onto a cracker is surprisingly satisfying. Foie Gras Tofu is deep with umami flavors and very rich. The texture is velvety smooth and a little bit goes a long way; order to share.

Agedashi Tofu isn’t uncommon at Japanese restaurants, but theirs is outstanding. The buckwheat tofu and eggplant is fried to perfection — light and crispy on the outside, without being heavy or greasy. In fact, the eggplant could be served in a dish by itself.

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Photos by Jennifer Liu.

The real highlight here are the soba noodles. Handmade, hand-cut noodles are 80% buckwheat, 20% wheat, and milled from local Washington grains. Seiro is cold soba with dipping sauce and Nanban is soba served in a hot broth. If it’s your first time here, it’d be a good idea to order one of each. Hiyashi Chyashu has tender, luscious pork, a marinated egg, cucumber, radish, and fresh buckwheat soba noodles.The broth is layered in deep, meaty flavors, the noodles are silky and have just the right amount of bite. Zaru is a cold plain soba with soy aged bonito dipping sauce. The cold preparation allows the focus to be shifted on the beautifully prepared noodles and is a simple, but tasty dish.

With over 10 soba choices, including flavors of truffle, Japanese sour plum, seafood, and curry, there are plenty opportunities to find your favorite. Pair your noodles with a creative cocktail, sake, or Japanese whiskey to round out your meal.

Open Monday through Thursday from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm and Friday and Saturday from 5:00 pm to 1:00 am.

Miyabi 45th     |      2208 N. 45th St.,  Seattle     |    (206) 632 – 4545