Published 29 March 2021
by Harriet Prior
The ‘stay at home’ order switches to ‘stay local’ today, marking two weeks until the reopening of outdoor dining. Another step towards normality, there’s plenty of news of exciting openings in the capital and across the country. Bulletin subscribers will have already spotted the news that the world’s largest udon noodle restaurant Marugame Udon is coming to London.
The first of a planned large international expansion, Japanese restaurant group Marguame Udon will open a site on Liverpool Street this July. Fans in Japan have more than 150 million bowls of Marugame Udon each year, so we’re expecting big things.
“We are thrilled to have chosen the buzzy, energetic location near Liverpool Street for our first London site, and can’t wait to join the fantastic selection of international restaurants in the area,” says Marugame Udon Europe CEO Keith Bird.
The space, where noodles are made onsite, will have 100+ covers and an open kitchen so guests can watch the whole udon-making process throughout the day and there will be an udon counter where guests can pick their condiments, toppings, tempura and sides.
Head chef Kouhei Honkawa is planning such dishes as beef nikutama, pork tonkotsu and chicken katsu curry udon. The menu will be 30% vegan, with lots of udon, tempura and curry options available – and prices are affordable, too – mains start from just £3.45.