Marukame Udon

Finally got to eat at the new Marukame Udon in Waikiki. This restaurant boasts hundreds of locations in Japan, all based on the simple concept of serving freshly made sanuki udon fast, cheap, and just the way you like it.

A plastic food replica display! It’s the little things like this I so miss about Japan.

Service is cafeteria style where the first step is to choose the main dish: udon. Here are the variations available:

Kamaage Udon ($3.75) is what the chain is famous for – udon noodles served in piping hot water with dipping sauce
Curry Udon ($5.25) – hot noodles in a thick curry sauce/broth
Niku Udon ($5.75) – hot noodles with beef topping
Zaru Udon ($3.75) – cold noodles with dipping sauce
Kake Udon ($3.75) – hot noodles in a light broth
Bukkake Udon ($3.75) – hot or cold noodles with a more concentrated sauce
Ontama Udon ($4.25) – hot or cold noodles with soft poached egg and sauce

Then, there’s a self-service tempura bar with tempura pieces averaging $1.50 each to complement your udon.

Also an assortment of musubis and inari sushi…

My meal: Ontama Udon ($4.25), Inari ($1.25), Eggplant Tempura ($1.25) and Calamari Tempura ($1.50) for a total of $8.25.

Hubby’s meal: Large Kake Udon ($4.75), Veggie Kakiage ($1.50), Fried Chicken ($1.50), Shrimp Tempura ($1.75), and Mushroom Tempura ($1.50) for a total of $11.00.

My opinion on the noodles is that the texture was not as chewy as I like my sanuki udon to be, but the overall experience was fun and very satisfying. Parking is nonexistent, but we just paid $2.00 for metered parking off Kuhio Avenue and walked a few blocks. We’ll be returning soon!

Marukame Udon
2310 Kuhio Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96815

Daily 11:00a-10:00p
(CASH ONLY)

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12 Responses to “Marukame Udon”


  1. 1 Er June 8, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    I like how it’s cafeteria style! I love me some udon! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 2 honolulueats June 9, 2011 at 11:53 am

      Have you been? It’s definitely someplace you would enjoy!

      • 3 Er June 10, 2011 at 11:51 pm

        My auntie actually JUST told me about this place today! She says it’s really good! Haven’t been yet, but sure sounds like somewhere I’d like…We’ll have to try it one day! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. 4 ใ›ใฃใกใ‚ƒใ‚“ June 13, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    ใ“ใฎใ†ใฉใ‚“ๅฑ‹ใ•ใ‚“็ฆๅฒกใงใ‚‚ใฉใ“ใ‹ใง่ฆ‹ใŸใ‚ˆ๏ผๅ››ๅ›ฝใฎ่ฎƒๅฒใ†ใฉใ‚“ใ‹ใชใใ€ใจๆ€ใฃใฆใŠๅบ—ใ‚’้€šใ‚Š้ŽใŽใŸใ‘ใฉใ€ใŠใ‚‚ใ—ใ‚ใใ†ใ ใ‹ใ‚‰ไปŠๅบฆ่ฆ‹ใคใ‘ใŸใ‚‰็งใ‚‚้ฃŸในใฆใฟใ‚ˆใ†ใ€‚่ฎƒๅฒใ†ใฉใ‚“ใ ใฃใŸใ‚‰ใ—ใ“ใ—ใ“้บบใŒใŠใ„ใ—ใ„ใ‚ˆใญ๏ผไนๅทžใฏใŠใใฐใ‚ˆใ‚Šใ‚‚ใ†ใฉใ‚“ๆ–‡ๅŒ–ใชใ‚“ใ ใ‚ˆใ€‚

    • 5 honolulueats June 15, 2011 at 7:48 pm

      ๆ—ฅๆœฌๅ…จๅ›ฝใง๏ผ•๏ผ๏ผๅบ—่ˆ—่ฟ‘ใใ‚ใ‚‹ใ‚‰ใ—ใ„ใ‚ˆใƒผใ€‚ใƒใƒฏใ‚คใŒๅˆใฎๆตทๅค–ๅบ—่ˆ—ใ‚‰ใ—ใ„ใงใ™ใ€‚ไนๅทžใ‚‚ใ†ใฉใ‚“ๆ–‡ๅŒ–ใชใ‚“ใ ใ€‚ใชใ‚“ใ‹ๅ—ใฎๆ–นใŒใใ‚“ใชๅฐ่ฑกใ€‚ใใฐ็ฒ‰ใฃใฆๅฏ’ใ„ใจใ“ใ‚ใฎ็ฉ€็‰ฉใชใฎใ‹ใชใ‚ใ€‚

  3. 6 Sauna Watcher June 15, 2011 at 10:11 am

    Wow, looks so delicious Sure wish I had a bowl.

  4. 7 Mariko June 17, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    It does look authentic! Too bad they weren’t chewy. But I’ll have to try it. I mean, it’s so cheap!

    • 8 honolulueats June 21, 2011 at 12:36 pm

      Hi Mariko, I hope you enjoy! guess this is the type of place where you can make your meal as cheap or as expensive as you want. Just an order of udon is enough to satisfy a hungry tummy for under $4, but if you add on lots of tempura, the meal could easily exceed $10. My sister swears the udon she had at Marukame in Japan was chewy, so I’m going back next week to try it again.

  5. 9 ใ›ใฃใกใ‚ƒใ‚“ June 19, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    ใ„ใ‚„ใ€ไนๅทžใงใ‚‚ใ‚ใกใ“ใกใง่•Ž้บฆใ‚’ๆ ฝๅŸนใ—ใฆใ‚ใ‚‹ใฎใ‚’่ฆ‹ใ‹ใ‘ใพใ™ใ€‚ๆœ€่ฟ‘ใฏใ‚ใกใ“ใกใฎ็”ฐ่ˆŽใงใŠ่•Ž้บฆๅฑ‹ใ•ใ‚“ใŒไธฆใ‚“ใงใ„ใŸใ‚Šใ—ใฆใกใ‚‡ใฃใจใ—ใŸๆต่กŒใฎใ‚ˆใ†ใชๆ„Ÿใ˜ใ€‚ใŸใ ใ€ๅนผใ„ใ“ใ‚ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ†ใฉใ‚“ใฏ่บซ่ฟ‘ใซใ„ใคใ‚‚ใ‚ใฃใŸใ‘ใ‚ŒใฉใŠ่•Ž้บฆใฏใปใจใ‚“ใฉ้ฃŸในใŸใ“ใจใชใ‹ใฃใŸใ‚“ใ ใ‚ˆใญใ€‚็”บใซใ‚‚ใ†ใฉใ‚“ๅฑ‹ใ•ใ‚“ใฏใŸใใ•ใ‚“ใ‚ใฃใŸใ‘ใ‚ŒใฉใŠ่•Ž้บฆๅฑ‹ใ•ใ‚“ใฏๅฐ‘ใชใ‹ใฃใŸใ‚ˆใ€‚

    • 10 honolulueats June 21, 2011 at 12:38 pm

      ใใ†ใชใ‚“ใ ใƒผใ€‚็งใฏใŠ่•Ž้บฆใจใŠใ†ใฉใ‚“ใฉใฃใกใ‹้ธในใฃใฆ่จ€ใ‚ใ‚ŒใŸใ‚‰ใŠใ†ใฉใ‚“ใงใ™ใŒใ€ใ‚„ใฏใ‚ŠใŸใพใซใฏใŠ่•Ž้บฆใŒใ„ใ„ใ—ใ€‚ใŠ่•Ž้บฆใฎๆ–นใŒใƒ˜ใƒซใ‚ทใƒผใ ใ—ใ€‚
      ใ›ใฃใ“ใกใ‚ƒใ‚“ใซใ‚‚ใ‚‰ใฃใŸๆ˜Žๅคชๅญใ€ๅคงไบ‹ใซ้ฃŸในใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚

  6. 11 Tiki July 2, 2011 at 11:37 am

    $2 for parking?! You’re lucky you found parking on the street at all. We had to park at the Waikiki Trade Center and paid $11 on the weekend!

    • 12 honolulueats July 3, 2011 at 10:57 pm

      Hello, thank you for commenting! Wow, $11 for parking… At least I hope you enjoyed your udon! I went to a metered lot just off of Kuhio Ave. (makai side, by the Blue Water Shrimp Truck), where we usually can find a stall pretty easily. It is a farther walk than the Trade Center though.


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