It’s cold. I don’t know why it feels so cold even though it’s between 50-60 degrees outside. I thought since braving my first East Coast snow storm, this Californian would be able to take any kind of weather SoCal would have to throw at me. But no… I’m still cold.
Being cold typically makes me want to have udon. There’s something about the light hondashi flavored broth with those thick noodles made of wheat flour that not only fills you up, but warms you down into your soul. It’s even better when these noodles are hand made. You can find this at Marugame Monzo in Little Tokyo.
My first visit to Marugame Monzo was on a week night for dinner. They usually have a line outside their door, but we were lucky to only wait 15 minutes before we were seated. We were a party of 2, so they seated us at the bar, which have the best seats in the house. You get to watch them make udon.
I was lucky enough to see the whole process, and it really made me appreciate all the hard work that the restaurant put into the bowl of noodles placed before me.
Their menu is simple, there are traditional udon options and signature options (udon with an Italian twist) as well as smaller rice bowls and your typical Japanese appetizers. I typically get a kake udon because of the simple soup base and my love for green onions. I’ve also ordered the Porcini Udon and the Udon Gratin from the Signature section.
The space is small, the service is great. They move you in an out pretty quickly as there is usually a wait. Don’t forget to sign in right when you get there. I would imagine this is what it would feel like to eat at an udon place in Japan which is something I hope to experience in the near future. For now, it is my perfect place to get warm on a cold day.