We are tiny restaurant in Fremont Seattle specializing in handmade ni-hachi soba noodles and seasonal tempura. (80% buckwheat and 20% flour blend soba)
Soba is delicious. It's popular in Japan, but we hope that someday, it will be just as popular here! Our soba is handmade by chef and artisan soba maker Mutsuko Soma. Buckwheat is a nutritious and delicious seed, not grain, which makes our soba very low in gluten and difficult to make. Check out the crew behind the magic and some frequently asked questions below!
Behind every chef is a dedicated crew. We are a fun bunch of Japanese food enthusiasts working to promote soba and tempura to the masses through outreach and our menu at Kamonegi.
While Mutsuko Soma served as chef in other restaurants in Seattle, she dreamed of introducing fresh soba, like the kind her grandmother made for family dinners, to the masses. She founded Kamonegi as a pop-up and opened Kamonegi the restaurant in October 2017.
Kamonegi translates literally to “duck and leek,” and alludes to when one good thing brings another. In Japan, duck and leek is also a classic culinary pairing so the sight of a duck bringing a leek connotes an abundance of good fortune where one closely follows another. The namesake Kamonegi soba is also one of the most popular soba dishes at the restaurant.
In its inaugural year, Kamonegi was named Restaurant of the Year by Seattle Metropolitan Magazine, Best New Restaurants of 2018 by the Seattle Times, among the 20 Best Restaurants in Seattle by Conde Nast Traveler, one of America’s Best New Restaurants by Eater critic Bill Addison, and a Top 50 Nominee for America’s Best New Restaurants by Bon Appetit. Chef Soma was named as one of Food and Wine Magazine’s Best New Chefs 2019, star chef rising star 2020.
Chef Soma also has WSET Level 3 certified sake and Wine.
She opened Hannyatou sake bar in 2019 which is 2 doors down from Kamonegi.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Soba?
What is Buckwheat?
Is Kamonegi's soba gluten free?
Is it true that soba is a common hangover food?
How and when is soba eaten?
Seiro, Nanban and Bukka...wha?
What is the difference between dried soba and Kamonegi's soba?
Is it difficult to make soba?
What is Toshikoshi Soba?
Do you sell your soba noodles regularly?