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!
2310 Kuhio Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96815