Apparently the place to go for handmade soba noodles. You gotta be aware, make a reservation. Early, like maybe even week in advance, else you will never get in.
Nice cozy little place, no complaints.
Service, well, they wait staff is quite attentive and responsive. Friendly too, not much I can complain about that aspect. But it's sloooooow. I saw a few other tables around us who had gotten there around sametime or even a bit earlier. We all left around the same time as well and the total meal time was going over 2 hours, and it's not like there was a constant stream of dishes. You get one, then you wait...then another tiny dish then you wait...some types of food and restaurant are amenable to this type of dragged out meal (which can be quite enjoyable), but not here.
Now the food, well, no complaints about the quality of the ingredients in general, but the execution was not mindblowing by any measure. We had a bit of everything.
Some grilled/seared fish was pretty much same as I could get anywhere else. They had sushi (who goes there for sushi?) which generally got good reviews from our table, but it was inconsistent. We had 2 orders and they weren't prepared the same, one piece had WAY too much ginger on it and completely overpowered the bland fish. We also had a grilled fish head/neck (hamachi if I recall), but that was a miss, very large but it was definitely on the fishy side. Ordered an udon as well which was quite good but ... I don't think it was udon, more like somen. And the soba? Well you could definitely taste that it was different. The different broths provided were good, no complaints. But is the handmade soba better? Hmmm... I think the jury is out on this one. (We have been to some fine, fine soba place in Tokyo).
The desert, we had a sampling of the pudding, jelly and ice cream+ganache. It was ok, definitely enjoyable, but really, with Thomas Haas down the street and numerous other dessert places nearby you got to be really different or really good.
Total cost came out to around $50 a person or so, no drinks. Given the long wait, need to reserve and nothing particularly outstanding and being rather pricey, I think I will likely give it a pass for next time.
It is good quality and clearly they have some regulars, but maybe that's due to lack of competition in the neighbourhood rather than people traipsing out here from across town.