A sibling to the “cramped” but “cool” Soho Japanese “famous for udon noodles” opening in Bloomberg's new City HQ this autumn.
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“The #1 Japanese noodles in London” – especially for those who prefer udon, the fat wheat noodles eaten hot or cold that are a healthier alternative to ubiquitous ramen. The 10-year-old Soho original has been joined by a City bar in the Bloomberg Arcade, although an offshoot at Victoria Market Halls closed after only six months this year. Choose the “very interesting specials and consistently good udon – the rice dishes are nice, but not as memorable”. Top Tip – “one of the few Japanese restaurants open for breakfast in the West End”.
“Authentic, fresh udon” bring a real and very affordable taste of Japan to Soho and now to the City’s new Bloomberg Arcade. Quite different from the ramen that has proliferated recently in London, udon are soft, fat wheat noodles that can be eaten hot or cold – “great value for money” and “their specials change constantly and are fantastic” too.
“Excellent udon noodles, just like in Japan”, are “worth the wait” – there’s no booking at this Soho destination (with a City outpost opening in late 2017), so be prepared to queue at busy times. There are also “nice additional starters like the pork belly or tempura – all delicious, simple food done well and served by friendly staff”.