One of the world leaders in the art of udon is coming to the UK this summer. Japanese restaurant group Marugame Udon, famous throughout Japan and Asia for its traditional Sanuki udon recipe, will be serving up bowls on bowls of authentic udon noodles and freshly fried tempura at their site near Liverpool Street station from July 2021.
Marugame Udon has chosen London as its first restaurant in Europe, ahead of future plans to expand around the continent.
Renowned as the world’s largest udon noodle and tempura specialists with restaurants dotted across Asia and the United States, Londoners will now be treated to the sights, sounds and taste of the authentic udon kitchen.
These guys make their udon noodles in-house throughout the day, with the open-style kitchen allowing diners to observe the daily ritual of the udon being made freshly cut and served steaming hot.
Using the Sanuki Udon tradition, Marugame Udon’s centuries old technique hails from the Kagawa Prefecture in the western part of Japan. The traditional recipe and preparation create a chewier texture compared to other udon, and can be cooked and presented in a variety of dishes.
The 4000 sq. ft restaurant straddling Middlesex Street and Widegate Street will feature over 100 covers for dining in, as well as takeaway, click and collect and delivery options from partner Deliveroo. The open-style kitchen will ensure customers are at the centre of the action; seeing the whole udon making process on show throughout the day.
Customers will pick their udon over the counter plus they have the option to add tempura and musubi sides, with Marugame Udon’s iconic ‘build your own’ condiment station allowing diners to spice up their bowls with fresh ginger, chillies, ‘tenkasu’ (tempura batter pieces) and extra Japanese delicacies. Each Marugame Udon noodle is cut at 60cm in a swift accurate motion, adhering to their ethos of craftmanship that dates back to the origin of the udon noodle over a thousand years ago.
In Japan udon is a big part of everyday life; Marugame Udon’s Head Chef Kouhei Honkawa has created a menu that is both exciting and accessible, with mains starting from just £3.45. The menu is designed to be affordable and every day. Move over Pret. Marugame is in town now.