Dish Duel: Tempura Soba
•Tempura: Despite being more expensive, there is one less piece of tempura in Mifune's version (although the two shrimp are larger than Hotei's). Hotei also succeeds in executing the better fry-up of the two, using less batter and residual grease to equal a superior crunch.
•Noodles: Hotei's noodles are dark in color and taste strongly of buckwheat, while Mifune's is brighter in color and tastes less intense.
•Broth: Mifune's broth seems more watered down, with only a hint of Hotei's full bonito fish flavor.
•Overall: Hotei delivers a superior product for a buck less than Mifune Don, but the price difference isn't worth driving across town for if you're closer to Japan Center -- they both taste good.