Marugame Monzo もんぞう

329 E 1st St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Little Tokyo

(213) 346-9762

Mon-Sun 11:30 am – 2:30 pm

Mon-Sun 5 pm – 10 pm

http://www.yelp.com/biz/marugame-monzo-los-angeles-2

 

I first read about Marugame Monzo from Discover LA’s Best Japanese Noodles list back in July.   I was sold when I heard that they have a uni udon pasta with glowing Yelp reviews.  Even Jonathan Gold went to try it!

Marugame Monzo is right next to the well known Daikokuya Ramen in Little Tokyo.  Its small facade is certainly easy to miss.  And since it’s next to Daikokuya, you might mistaken Daikokuya’s notoriously long line with Marugame’s (although I’m sure Marugame has, by now, gathered quite a large following).  The star of the show at Marugame Monzo is the udon, fresh handmade udon.  Come early or prepare to wait.  The restaurant is small with hardly any ventilation — we arrived 15 minutes after the restaurant opened for lunch on a Saturday and was lucky enough to sit at the last empty seats, at the counter, with a front-row view of the udon-making. Street parking, as many of you know, is tough in Little Tokyo.  So, go for one of the parking lots!

 

The store front.  It’s quite small, so look for the sign.  There was a long line by the time we left.

 

 

Size of the restaurant.  Yes, it’s just a few tables and a few seats at the counter.

 

Watch udon being made!  It is really quite impressive.

 

The menu

 

Mentai bowl – spicy cod roe over rice.  The mentai was really fresh and went great with the warm rice.  $4 with any udon order.

 

Uni cream udon – it was an off-menu special, but I think it’s on the menu now.  There was so much uni in the udon, and lots of uni flavor in the cream sauce!  Loved it!  The udon was kind of al dente and went really well with the sauce.  I do have to say though, portion is generous, and by the end of my last noodle, it was a bit too rich and creamy for me. $16

 

Will definitely be back to try the traditional Japanese udon!

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3 thoughts on “Marugame Monzo もんぞう

  1. fingknitcoolgal October 31, 2013 at 4:11 pm Reply

    Udon is fairly new food in London. We have a restaurant called “Koya” in Soho. Their noodle is home-made and tasty but the queue for a table is so long and do me a headache. You see, London is not as warm as LA, therefore, having to wait outside is not a very palatable experience (^-^;)
    I love your blog, by the way!

    • Wander Foodie October 31, 2013 at 8:38 pm Reply

      Somehow people all love homemade noodles! There’s often a queue for the good noodle restaurants in LA as well. Can’t imagine waiting outside when it’s wintertime!
      I love your blog too! =)

  2. Maruhide Uni Club 丸秀 | Wander Foodie December 1, 2013 at 6:21 pm Reply

    […] was relatively light.  However, if you like more uni flavor and stronger taste, go for the one at Marugame Monzo in Little […]

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