3 Sanuki Udon Restaurants in Tokyo!

Udon, which is written as うどん in Japan, is a thick noodle made from wheat flour, and is one of the most famous Japanese cuisines in the world. The noodles are usually served hot in a mild flavored broth made of fish stocks, soy sauce, and mirin, topped with various toppings such as: green leeks, shrimp tempura, mixed tempura, aburaage (deep-fried tofu pockets seasoned with soy sauce, mirin, and sugar9, a thin slice of kamaboko (fish cake), or many other different toppings.

The flavor of the broth and the topping change depending on the regions where they origin; for examples, the udon in Eastern Japan has dark brown broth, which is made from concentrated soy sauce, and the udon in Western Japan has light brown broth, which is made from light flavored soy sauce.

There are a lot of udon restaurants in Tokyo, but today, we have listed several Kagawa-style udon restaurants, which serves Sanuki udon, the thick, flat udon served in light brown broth. You can visit these restaurants and enjoy a bowl of udon at reasonable price, very perfect for those who are low in budget!

1. Arata

Cold Bukkake Udon

Arata is an orthodox udon restaurant in Hachioji, serving boiled to order udon to the customers. Therefore, the texture of the noodles is very firm and chewy. In addition to its delicious udon, the restaurant is also famous for its freshly fried excellent tempura, with many varieties such as: shrimp, chicken, and fresh seasonal vegetables. The restaurant serves both cold and hot udon, and we strongly recommend you to add takikomi gohan (seasoned steamed rice with vegetables, mushrooms, and chicken).

10-1 Yokamachi, Hachioji-shi, Tokyo
Open from Monday to Saturday, from 11.a.m. to 3.p.m. and from 5.p.m. to 8.p.m.
Closest station: JR Chuo Line Hachioji Station / Keio Line Keio-Hachioji Station

2. Maruka

Kamatama Udon

Maruka is an authentic Kagawa-style udon restaurant in Jimbocho area, serving delicious noodles everyday for less than JPY 500 per portion, and this is the main reasons why many Japanese people always queue for the noodles. At the restaurants, you can find various types of udon noodles, such as the classic variation kake udon (served in broth) and kama-tama (noodles mixed with raw egg with no soup). You can upgrade your size for JPY 60, and add toppings like chicken tempura for JPY 230.

3-16-1 Kanda-Ogawamachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Open from Monday to Friday from 11.a.m. to 7:30.p.m. and on Saturday from 11.a.m. to 2:30.p.m.
Close on Sunday and national holidays
Closest stations: Jimbocho Station exit A5, or JR Ochanomizu Station Ochanomizubashi exit.

3. Shin

Mentaiko Udon

Shin is a little noodle shop located in Yoyogi area, serving Kagawa-style Sanuki Noodles in a small shop. The shop has 6 counter seats and two tables, so it accommodates only few people at once. The noodles at Shin are boiled by order, making the noodles have firm but smooth textures. You can have your udon cold or hot, with various toppings or side dishes such as tempura, deep-fried tofu, or kakiage.

2-20-16 Yoyogi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Open everyday from 11.a.m. to 11.p.m. (until midnight on Friday and Saturday)
Closest stations: Shinjuku Station

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