Tsuru: tsuru tsuru tsuru the sound of eating udon
Ton: ton ton ton the sound of making the noodles
Tan: tan tan tan the sound of cutting the noodles
This chain udon restaurant on the 10th floor of Tokyu Plaza in Ginza opened in the Spring of 2016 and is not only beautifully designed but is also spacious and has quite the luxurious feel to it with a grand piano and bar. At night you can enjoy some live Jazz music and surprisingly the udon is affordable despite the location and ambiance.
You can choose from regular thickness or thin noodles and the udon comes in quite a large bowl with a large spoon. Above are the Niku udon (980yen) and Mentaiko udon (1280yen). How pretty is this salad? Tsuruton salad for two (1080yen). Everything was delicious, highly recommend!
PS: They are also located at Haneda Airport International Terminal.
Address // Tokyu Plaza 10F, 5-2-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-6264-5326
Website // http://www.tsurutontan.co.jp/shop/ginza-udon/
Hashida Honten (はし田本店) is originally from Kyushuu and is located on the Keyakizaka side of Roppongi Hills. Their noodles are hand-made and they even use an old-school technique which involves stepping on them to get the perfect texture and firmness. Hashida Honten is also unique because they have a wine sommelier. You might wonder if udon and wine go well together but this may be your dream spot if you like them both. The restaurant is beautifully designed with a modern Japanese touch, and it’s one of my favorite hidden gems right now.
Pictured above is their “Shamo dashi (chicken broth) udon” (軍鶏だしうどん) for 1000yen. The soup is just so good, it’s a simple dish for people who really want to enjoy “udon”. The umeboshi (sour plum) is a nice palate cleanser as well.
Also pictured above is their “Shamo seiro and Chirashi-sushi Lunch Special” (軍鶏せいろとちらし寿司セット) for 1500yen. If you are hungry, this set will definitely satisfy you. You eat the udon tsukemen-style and the Chirashi-sushi that includes their dashimaki tamago is also yummm.
This udon restaurant is hard to find (Google maps is not exactly right on this location), you have to go to the Keyakizaka side of Roppongi hills and walk towards the back of the building near the Roppongi Hills Residences. Hope you get to try this place because it’s simply delicious.
Note: Lunch menu during the weekday has changed to only 2 options. 1200yen or 1500yen lunch sets. (Updated 2013.9.13)
Address // 3F Keyakizaka-dori, Roppongi Hills,
6-12-2, Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-3405-0809
Website // http://hashidahonten.com/
Although it’s hard to find, this udon place in Ebisu is a hidden gem. Yamacho is an awesome udon place that serves two types of thickness for your udon so you can choose between thin or fat noodles. Neither one is really “better”, it’s really just a matter of your preference (though the thick noodles are more traditional). The Ebi tempura yakumi udon was great, and it’s really a steal for just 1000yen. Their curry udon was also 1000yen and they even give you a bib so you don’t get your clothes dirty. love it. We especially liked their dashimaki tamago (the egg dish in the top photo) for 680yen. The Tempura udon for 1230 yen was also good. The restaurant is small but their ambiance, service, and food were all top notch. It’s easy to see why this place is always crowded.
Address // 1-1-5, Ebisu, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-3443-1701
Website // www.foodgate.net/shop_yamacho.html
Jiyugaoka is known for their cute shops and cafes but if you want something more traditional I suggest you try Sarashin, a soba/udon restaurant that has been around for ages. The “nabeyaki udon” (1700yen) that came in a hot pot was perfect on a cold day. I’ve also tried the “Kaiware Ume Soba” (1100yen) that is served cold and it was pretty good but perhaps not enough food if you’re hungry. The restaurant has traditional tatami seating or table seating so it’s up to your preference.
Address // 1-29-4, Jiyugaoka, Meguro-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-3717-1097
Website // n/a