i live a block away from soba koh (it's on 5th street, between 1st and 2nd avenues). it's been there for at least a year now. i've been intending to go for exactly that long...but just haven't gotten around to it. like anybody, i have my cravings and they generally play a pretty big role in my decision of where to eat. i've just never found myself craving soba. or really being too curious about it. it just didn't seem too interesting.
saturday night i had a completely revelatory meal there: cold soba noodles with uni and salmon roe. julienned nori and shiso. cold broth poured at tableside so the noodles don't get soggy.
it was amazing. so light, so balanced, so nuanced. so simple. people often say that great seafood tastes like the ocean. this tasted like plato's ocean. it was absolutely incredible. i haven't been able to stop thinking about it.
not only was this dish so great, it changed my mind about what kind of food is cravable. it isn't always rustic, seared, cheesy, spicy or any of things i look for in my go-to foods. i love "intellectual" food, haute cuisine and molecular gastronomy...but never crave it. this wasn't any of that....it's soul food. it just took a different route there than i am used to.
what are some other places like this? things that you would never have seen yourself craving but now can't get enough of.