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“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.
“Takes over where Koya (RIP) left off”, this “cramped” but “cool” Soho Japanese is “famous for udon noodles, but their small plates and donburi rice dishes are even better”. “The purity of the stocks and sauces is fantastic”, so it’s “well worth the queue” (you can’t book).
Koya’s gone, but its neighbouring atmospheric, if utilitarian bar sails on, serving “always interesting” udon noodle and donburi (rice-based) dishes; expansion beyond Soho is on the cards, with a spin-off planned for 2016.
Monday to Wednesday 8.30am to 10.30pm; Thursday/Friday 8.30am to 11pm; Saturday 9.30am to 11pm; Sunday 9.30am to 10pm
Last orders: 10.30 pm, Thu-Sat 11 pm, Sun 10 pm