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Shimbashi Soba – gluten free Japanese in Melbourne

100% gluten free Japanese in Collingwood & Northcote 

Many coeliacs rarely eat Japanese food due to the liberal use of soy sauce, which usually has wheat in it. Shimbashi Soba has changed all that for Melbourne coeliacs, with their Collingwood and Northcote stores both serving 100% gluten free food.

Shimbashi Soba Japanese Melbourne

Smith Street, Fitzroy store

The menu

There are several special boxes to choose from (including vegan), warm and cold soba noodle dishes and small bites. You can check their website for all the menu details.  The menu doesn’t leave any doubt that it is gluten free and also marks up when onion and sesame are included.

The drinks menu is not entirely gluten free but they do have gluten free beer.

The food

I had heard a lot of talk about the karaage fried chicken, so we had to try that. It is on the ‘tapas’ menu but there was a lot there, even shared between two people.  It is extremely tasty and a good option if you missing KFC!  Another fabulous item on the tapas menu is the fried eggplant (aubergine).

The ‘specials box’ options are all very enjoyable with lots of different flavours from all the side dishes.  From left to right the dishes are: teriyaki salmon; vegan teriyaki; karaage chicken. The buckwheat (soba) noodles are cold but mixed in with the warm salmon it all tastes good

If you like sushi there are a couple of sashimi or sushi options, as well as sushi rolls.

There are many choices of warm or cold soba noodles. Below is the ‘red dragon’ warm soba bowl with mushroom, beef, tofu, egg and more.  As it is a hot dish, they put some of the chilli on the side but it was a perfect ‘heat’ as it was.

Shimbashi Soba Northcote

The food is served with chopsticks but you can ask for cutlery if you are as incompetent as me at catching food with chopsticks!

Shimbashi Soba is a great option for gluten free Japanese food in Melbourne. Bookings are recommended.


140 Smith Street, Collingwood VIC 3066 Phone: (03) 9193 9097. (03) 9193 9097
Tues – Sat lunch and dinner

257 High Street, Northcote VIC 3070 Phone: (03) 9654 6727
Tues – Sat lunch and dinner


Shimbasi Soba is also featured on the Melbourne 100% gluten free listing.

Melbourne 100% gluten free

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About the Author: Caroline was diagnosed with Coeliac disease in 2006 and likes to share her gluten free finds around the UK, Australia and the rest of the world! See more on her in the 'About' page. .


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