Marukame: Udon Tempura Musubi || Honolulu
My mom actually found this place as we were shopping in the Waikiki area of where we're staying right now in Honolulu, we couldn't help but notice how long the line up was as we passed by the store and made note to go back for dinner time!
MARUKAME UDON - located on Kuhio Ave this noodle house is seen with a long line and a wonderful inviting aroma of udon broth and tempura. Once you step in you'll also immediately be welcomed by seeing how busy the kitchen is (I find seeing the behind the scenes of how my food is made, quite fun!) My family and I quite enjoyed this place, we even went back a 2nd time during our stay! They have a very nice varied menu for udon, with many fresh selections of tempuras!
The bowls of udon are also at a great price starting at $3.50 - $5.25, with any additional toppings ranging from $1.00-$1.50. Their shrimp tempura was really good, since I could actually taste the 'shrimp' instead of the usual taste of pre-frozen shrimps from most Calgary Japanese restaurants. I liked how I was able to build my bowl of udon to my liking with the type of broth and toppings.
With this place being super busy, I was surprised with how organized and efficient the line up and process was in getting our meals together considered the amount of people that come through this place. The only down side to this place is needing to have the patience to wait for the table even after getting the food at times, being the place only holds 66 people via sitting wise. And... I question whether there is much AC in the place or if its just warm inside due to all the hot soups and people! :P
Together as a family, we tried out the Curry udon (with a rich japanese curry base + beef and onions), the Kakke udon (light fish and seaweed broth), Kamaage Udon (udon that hasn't been cooled, thus retains the original texture of the udon. comes with dipping sauce), garlic chicken tempura udon and vegetable avocado udon.
Fun and incase you didn't know ...
Udon (烏冬): A thick white Japanese noodle, made with wheat flour (as you can see in above photos). The most famous udon is from Tokushima in Shikoku Japan and it's originates from China, inspired by their "thick noodles".