Kamakura Matsubara-an Keyaki

Tucked away on the 4th floor (I think) in Harajuku, we found an amazing soba restaurant.  After having walked around a lot that day we were up for a decent feed and came across this restaurant on Trip Advisor.

We were seated overlooking the street below and were offered our menus. I ordered the tempura soba and my boyfriend ordered the cold soba with a duck broth.


This was my dish and I absolutely adored it. The tempura was lovely and light and very crunchy. Also barely oily at all! The soba was served in a rich broth. I loved this dish.  So simple but so tasty!


This was my boyfriends cold soba dish. I tried a bit of his duck broth and it was amazingly rich and full of flavour!

When we finished our meal we had a bit of broth left over and one of the waitresses came by to our table and handed us a teapot of boiling water.  My boyfriend and I just looked at each other and were a bit confused. What were we supposed to do with this and what was it for? Luckily the waitress came back and told us! As we had an extra small bowl each with nothing in it,  you were supposed to take a few spoonfuls of the broth,  put it in the bowl and then add the water to make a soup! Genius! Why didn’t we think of that?! Haha

All in all I really enjoyed this restaurant.  After a long day of walking all you want to do is sit down and have a nice bowl of delicious food!



Sorry to say but I have been very lazy with posting up new places to try! When xmas came around things got quite busy!

Miyako is a Japanese restaurant situated in Southgate area. It has an area where you can sit down and order your usual sushi/sashimi or there is another area where you can experience the fun of tepanyaki!

I have been to this restaurant twice. Once a long time ago for a friends birthday and we had tepanyaki. This post however, will not be covering that aspect of this restaurant as the most recent time I went we did not have this.

My friend had purchased a voucher online for Miyako which consisted of a set menu. To be honest, I don’t remember what the voucher allowed us to order. All I know is, we had a sushi/sashimi platter, beef tataki, miso soup, yaki soba and gyoza (could have been something else but I forgot 😦 )

The dishes were all well made and presented! I especially liked the presentation of the sushi/sashimi platter. The fish was very fresh and perfectly sliced!

I would definitely recommend this place as a nice ‘date night’ restaurant, or if you’re in the area, a lovely Japanese restaurant with quality food. Give the tepanyaki a try if you have a group of people as well. It’s always a bit of fun! 🙂

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Soba Noodle Salad


Soba Noodle Salad

During the hot summer days in Melbourne, I was searching high and low for a beautiful filling, healthy salad and I came across this soba noodle salad. It was not too heavy and the sauce that goes with it is delicious!

I have the recipe that I have used to make this below but don’t be fooled. This recipe can be altered. If one of the toppings isn’t to your liking you can always just add something else that tickles your fancy.
The sauce is easy to put together. I find with the grated ginger, I like to put left over ginger in the freezer when I’m not using it. I can easily take it out and grate the frozen ginger and it does the trick! Easy!


Soba Noodles
Smoked Salmon/Fresh Salmon (sliced)
Canned corn
Cucumber (sliced)

3 tbsp Soy Sauce
3 tbsp Rice Vinegar
2 tbsp Sesame oil
1 tbsp Sugar
1 tsp Grated Ginger

1. Cook the noodles as stated on the packet.
2. Combine all the ingredients for the sauce together and give it a good mix.
3. Place the noodles in a bowl and combine the remaining ingredients on top. Drizzle the sauce over the noodles and mix it altogether.
4. Enjoy!