The second of it’s kind in Vegas for made from scratch Udon, Marugame Monzo hails from Los Angeles offering slurpable bowls of udon of many styles and flavors.(I-naba has sadly come and gone). With the exit of I-naba, I guess you can call Monzo the ONLY fresh udon joint in town. While I still think of Sanuki No Sato in Gardena as the best Udon, Monzo falls in the “very-good-for-Vegas” category. It is not the best ever where the udon lacks some bouncy chew, but it certainly very overall tasty.
Me? Sucker for fresh noodles? Uh, yea! So, when we stumbled across Marukame Udon and their reputation for fresh udon noodles, it was our first stop off our early flight that landed at 5:30 am. What better way to be welcomed to Honolulu than to have a hearty slurp worthy breakfast of fresh noodles.
Marukame is a cafeteria style restaurant, so you grab a tray and they take your order. Then you slide over to the tempura section. Boy was it difficult not to pick one of each offering. Offering a number of different options for noodles, hot or cold, hubby went with bukkake style and I went with ontama bukkake style udon. In other words, we had the same thing, but mine had a nice soft boiled egg with glorious golden oozy yolk. The broth was just enough to flavor the noodles and the crunchy tempura flakes and delicately chopped onions took it to another level. Tempura fried chicken was juicy and crunchy, and I like how each tempura option had a slightly different texture batter, though all delicate, super crunchy and did not fall off of its substrate.
Conclusion: I declare this to be a routine stop whenever in Honolulu!
So, Shuseki has somehow become a monthly if not weekly meal. Why? I’m not too sure why. Service is often slow even when it’s not crowded. Food is just average. There is good parking. It’s often NOT crowded like Ichiza down the street. So, I think it’s the convenience and it’s become comfortable.
I agree that Shuseki is a good option if Ichiza is too crowded. Though I am only basing this on 3 trips and having only tried the tempura udon noodles, chicken katsu curry and the OMG roll, I was very satisfied with the eating experience. The food is decent, and the staff is nice enough.
1. Udon noodles – 1. Perfectly cooked noodle texture on a late night snack cravings around 1030 pm. 2. Slightly overcooked on a lunch meal around 3 pm on another day. Overall. The tempurature of the soup was so super hot that I burned myself the first time I ate it. That’s how noodle soups should be! I like it!
2. Chicken katsu curry – Can’t really go too wrong with Japanese curry, right? hmmmm.. went back and it actually be subpar
3. OMG sushi roll – Inside was tempura shrimp with avocado. Outside was a layer of tuna sashimi, deep fried onions (yes! fried!) and a drizzle of some tangy sauce. nom nom nom….
4. gyoza is juicy on the inside and crispy on the outside
5. Omellete rice is decent but could be better
6. beef tongue has potential
7. deep fried squid is a winner
8. their honey toast has a more syrupy taste, but it’s not a bad trade off compared to ichiza. some of my friends do not like the more syrupy taste.
p.s. Raku is just in a class of it’s own. No comparison…