Marukame Udon is one place I happened upon several years back when I was honeymooning here with Brian. It’s exciting to see that it is still bustling and just as popular as ever – with a new shop located in Chinatown.

The format of this restaurant is cafeteria style where you order your udon, pick up side items (like tempura, spam musubi, etc), pay and then find a place to sit.

I’m going to have to sheepishly say that this was top of my list when I was planning on where to eat in Honolulu when I arrive – and it happened on our first day!

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I ordered the Curry Udon with an egg – and it was perfection. The broth is on the thicker side and heavy on the flavour. They have other lighter broths if you’re not a big fan of heavy ones. However, I enjoyed the broth in all it’s full flavour goodness. They make the udon right in front of you, while you stand in the line – hand stretched and then carefully cooked to the perfect snap. The curry udon is served with beef and had a good portion of it. They also ask if you’d like tempura bits and green onion on top – best idea ever. If anything, I’d ask for more tempura bits.

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There are a number of sides you can choose from including tempura like vegetables, squid, prawn, also fried chicken, onigiri and spam musubi. I find the sides ok, nothing terribly groundbreaking but a good addition to the meal.

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Marukame Udon is indeed a chain with several places worldwide – so… can someone bring it to Vancouver?

Food: 5

Service: 4

Value: 4

Ambiance: 4


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