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Marugame Monzo

Japanese Restaurant$$$$
Little Tokyo, Los Angeles
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  • Global H.
    Global HighlanderSeptember 6, 2014
    Fantastic udon here. So unique and creamy. I definitely recommend this place for lunch or whenever you would like to eat here.
  • Steven Y.
    Steven YApril 27, 2016
    Eat at the bar to watch them make the udon noodles by hand, and order the shrimp tempura (simple is best); the uni udon is really creamy and conceals the nuance of the uni taste
  • Lucky Peach
    Lucky PeachAugust 5, 2016
    Get the beef udon, but you’re here for the noodles: plump ribbons of pearly white udon that go from dough to giant slicer right in front of your eyes (provided you get a seat at the counter). Read more
  • Los Angeles Times
    Los Angeles TimesAugust 3, 2014
    Recommended dishes: Fried chicken skin, grilled chicken with ginger sauce, scallop carpaccio, kake udon, zaru udon, plum shiso bukkake udon, cod roe butter squid udon. Read more
  • Janelle W.
    Janelle WeeMay 9, 2016
    Bomb udon! Tried the Uni udon! I didnt think I would like the creamy broth, but it tasted very light and smooth! Went close to dinner opening and on weekday so wasn't too crowded!
  • Antony O.
    Antony OAugust 29, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Best Udon I have ever had! Freshly made every day here! Right before your eyes even!! Loved the Curry Udon and my GF hates Udon, but she ate the hell out of a bowl of Asari Vongole Udon!!! Toro Rice!!
  • Jeffrey J.
    The udon is out of this world! The cold versions are so tasty if hot isn't your thing. Service was fantastic too. It's a busy spot, so be prepared to wait.
  • Brandon K.
    Brandon KirklenFebruary 16, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Quite the wide selection of dishes, and you get a large serving with each. The pork belly appetizer is a great start to the meal and noodles melt in your mouth. The sea urchin is great.
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyAugust 4, 2014
    Marugame Monzo in Little Tokyo is sit-down and upscale, at least for a noodle joint, with black, lacquered tables and a feel that's downright sleek. Read more
  • Jessie
    JessieJanuary 18, 2015
    Sit at the back bar so you can watch the guy make the udon. Fantastic. Tempura egg is sublime. Tried the shrimp tempura and the beef soups, both were amazing.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMay 29, 2014
    Hand cut udon is the star of the show at this Little Tokyo noodle shop that mixes Japanese and Italian flavors. 4 stars.
  • Omer Z.
    Omer ZachSeptember 14, 2015
    Sit at the bar and watch them make their udon from scratch!
  • Los Angeles
    Los AngelesOctober 17, 2013
    Start out with some fine tempura, like the savory soft boiled egg fried in a light crunchy batter, before the main event: sea urchin cream udon ($15.95).
  • Arnie P.
    Arnie PanameñoOctober 17, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    This place is top notch. From service to the amazing udon they serve. Watching the noodles being made is a real treat. The Miso Carbonara is delicious.
  • Rob H.
    Rob HarolJuly 2, 2013
    Udon is made before your eyes, the Jidori tempura egg is one of the best things I have ever had and well the uni udon is like sex in a bowl.
  • Chloe W.
    Chloe WongJune 23, 2014
    You really can't go wrong at this place. Go with a small party at lunch or get there at 5 or it'll take awhile for you to get a table.
  • Meredith
    MeredithJune 23, 2015
    Famous for their udon. I loved the hot curry udon, and can't wait to go back to try some of their cold udon menu items. Yum!
  • M F.
    M FApril 23
    Awesome udon noodles. I had the Mentai squid butter udon and it was the best squid I ever had. It was definitely worth the wait.
  • Pocket S.
    Pocket SunAugust 28, 2014
    Wow! The most creamy and unique udon I've had! Sea urchin cream udon was so good! I enjoyed watching how udon was made too!
  • Hazel C.
    Hazel C.May 28, 2014
    The udon here is made fresh right before your eyes. The uni udon was creamy, rich, and delicious!
  • Ahdom S.
    Ahdom SayreDecember 21, 2015
    The Duck Nanban Udon is my go-to. Add the kakiage rice bowl if you're looking for a bigger meal.
  • Giovanni V.
    Giovanni VanzoSeptember 21, 2016
    Great udon! The fried chicken skin has been a wonderful discovery, must try it!
  • JNET
    JNETNovember 1, 2014
    The big rave is over the uni. It is good; very creamy and tasty. Join the masses, you won't regret it.
  • Jennifer
    JenniferMay 10, 2015
    Get a table at the counter for some high quality udon entertainment.
  • Clarissa S.
    Clarissa SuharliDecember 27, 2015
    their uni cream udon changed my life. try to sit at the bar if possible.
  • Ehline Law Firm Personal Injury Attorneys, APLC
    I too enjoy watching them make stuff by hand. One of the best places to go when you want good food and fun.
  • Sophyan J.
    Sophyan JulioAugust 26, 2015
    Try the cold handmade udon. Great meal to cool down in summer.
  • Starry K.
    Starry KitchenOctober 2, 2015
    People are going to scream blasphemy... But best FAVORITEST amazing thing here is so simple: BEEF RICE BOWL!! Hot DAAAAAAMN that shiz is good 😂😂😂
  • Ti W.
    Ti WuNovember 10, 2015
    If you are not very hungry, don't get double portion. Otherwise, everything is great. Just enjoy your meal :D
  • Allison Y.
    Allison YuAugust 11, 2016
    Uni cream udon is so good if you like creamy dishes. Their cold udon is heaven in the summer.
  • Chloe W.
    Chloe WongJune 23, 2014
    If you havent been here before ask to clarify the add ons ie nori is tempura nori and the seaweed they give you is wakame
  • Chris L.
    Chris LDecember 18, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    All Udons are delicious except curry. The Toro and Pork Belly dishes are unbelievable
  • stephen s.
    stephen sakaiAugust 20, 2014
    Fresh Udon made right in front of you. Really great!
  • Kelley L.
    Kelley L.April 7
    Uni udon was okay. Noodles were really good though. Always try to arrive well in advance of closing. Otherwise you may not be seated.
  • Pauline T.
    Pauline TomMay 5, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Udon was delicious! Mentai squid butter was really good. And the pork belly don too.
  • sayumi h.
    sayumi h.April 21, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    If you can, come before six on a weekday when there's no wait!
  • Los Angeles Times
    Los Angeles TimesAugust 3, 2014
    Sea urchin cream udon is one of the more creative noodle dishes offered here. Read more
  • Mariefe R.
    Mariefe RamosMay 23, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Request to sit @the bar so you can watch them make the noodles fresh. It can be a LONG wait so don't go there starving.
  • Nicole K.
    Nicole KastenAugust 30, 2015
    Excellent Udon. Get a lot of add ons. Noodles are made in house.
  • Lawrence H.
    Lawrence HuynhMarch 28, 2013
    Their udon is amazing! You can see them make it in the kitchen!
  • Adam L.
    Adam LSeptember 19, 2013
    Great Cold Udon noodles make right in front of you. Perfect texture!!!
  • Alex C.
    Alex ChoMarch 18, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Amazing udon! They have a delicious braised pork belly appetizer!
  • Arnie P.
    Arnie PanameñoAugust 31, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Do try the Mentai Squid Butter Udon.
  • Ryan W.
    Ryan WongJune 30, 2013
    Hand-cut udon (by machine), but not hand-made. If you've had good udon, you can tell.
  • Allyzon T.
    Allyzon TMarch 27, 2013
    I suggest the seafood ramen. It has a tomato base! Delicious
  • Alice K.
    Definitely recommended either the beef udon or the Uni udon!
  • Fatma G.
    Fatma GencOctober 4, 2015
    Best udon in town - go for beef. Big dishes!
  • Whitney H.
    Whitney HuJanuary 4, 2014
    Fresh noodles! Highly recommend the tempura add-ins.
  • ジミー チ.
    ジミー チーウSeptember 5, 2013
    the udons are made fresh everyday.
  • Tom C.
    Tom ChattSeptember 11, 2015
    Zagat recommends the uni udon. "The thick and chewy noodles are hand-pulled right in front of you."
  • Tracy M.
    Tracy MorganFebruary 17, 2016
    Can't get enough of this ramen. I sold my computer so I can keep going here for another month.
  • Shelya J.
    Shelya JonesNovember 23, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Dude. Uni udon then a small coma. Do it.
  • Connie C.
    Connie ChiuApril 28, 2015
    Uni udon + fried chicken skin + braised pork belly!
  • Tony T.
    Tony TsengOctober 1, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Bathrooms are super clean. Feels like you're in a spa!
  • Joey W.
    Joey WongAugust 7, 2013
    It wasn't on the menu but they have uni udon!
  • Michael L.
    japanese udon place. This area is Little Tokyo. good place to just walk around
  • bibliotekah
    bibliotekahJanuary 4, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    add the tempura softboiled egg to any dish
  • Evelyn S.
    Evelyn ShihJune 10, 2013
    Good noodles, innovative yet traditional. And the udon cutting is just cool
  • Jason A.
    Jason AmansecMarch 22, 2016
    Best udon restaurant in LA, hands down!
  • Brad Y.
    Brad YauMay 13, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Like other's said, their udon is AMAZING!
  • Bridget S.
    Bridget SamuelsMay 20, 2015
    The negitoro bowl is unreal!!!
  • Melon L.
    Melon LApril 5, 2016
    Liquid sin. Seriously. So indulgent.
  • Diana C.
    Diana ChowAugust 11, 2014
    Uni udon... So creamy & delicious!
  • Zac M.
    Zac McCormickJanuary 24, 2016
    Pork belly udon was amazing!
  • Lori T.
    Lori TanJune 10, 2014
    Uni Udon and all side dishes are fried!
  • Judy T.
    Judy TsaiApril 11, 2013
    Sit at the counter so you can watch them make udon.
  • Miffy E.
    Miffy EatsMarch 30, 2013
    Mintaiko Squid Udon was really good!
  • Thamer M.
    Thamer MishimaMarch 21, 2015
    The noodles here are off the hook 👍
  • Chris M.
    Chris MillerJanuary 10, 2015
    Fresh-made udon. The best I've had.
  • Roxanne S.
    Roxanne SaeiAugust 11, 2014
    UNI UNI UNI
  • Stacy O.
    Stacy OngDecember 6, 2015
    Average wait time is somewhere from half hour plus but it's well worth it.
  • Heidy D.
    Heidy DianaSeptember 6, 2016
    Everything is great here!
  • Eliot ♥.
    Eliot ♥ PhillipsJune 10, 2016
    The plum onigiri have just a dusting and no substance; you will feel ripped off.
  • Alex C.
    Alex ChoMarch 25, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Make your own hand roll with fresh wasabi.
  • Mollie M.
    Mollie MFebruary 16
    Fresh handmade udon!
  • Julia V.
    Julia VDecember 12, 2015
    Pork udon and shrimp tempura
  • Jasper Y.
    Jasper YanAugust 7, 2014
    Uni udon is amazing
  • Estelle T.
    Estelle TchaSeptember 2, 2015
    Uni udon ❤️
  • Tina V.
    Tina VoSeptember 13, 2014
    Uni udon is delish
  • John Y.
    John YangAugust 10, 2014
    Curry Udon.
  • Aaron D.
    Aaron DavisDecember 27, 2014
    Handmade udon!
  • Chloe W.
    Chloe WongJune 23, 2014
    Add green onion to everything.
  • Grantland C.
    Grantland ChewMay 17, 2016
    Beef udon + beef donbori
  • Cecilia H.
    Cecilia HeAugust 9, 2014
    Specialty udon
  • Robert A.
    Robert AvilaAugust 17, 2013
    Yummy noodles.
  • Lee
    LeeAugust 19, 2014
    Miso Carbonara
  • Jason F.
    Jason FeirmanJanuary 24
    http://luckypeach.com/guides/beef-noodle-soup/
  • Fatma G.
    Fatma GencNovember 20, 2015
    Niiiiice noooooodles
  • Yulia S.
    Yulia SoldatovaNovember 1, 2015
    Halloween udon
  • Allen T.
    Allen Theosky RoweDecember 15, 2013
    This place sucks ass! Servers not so bright! Sucka Fish!
  • Elif
    ElifApril 26
    Et yemeyenler için vegan udon tavsiye edilir!
  • Ilsoo K.
    Ilsoo KimJune 19, 2015
    론리플래닛 에도 나오는 집. 수타 우동은 정말 맛있다. 그러나 그 외의 국물 등은 따라가지 못해 아쉽다. 그래도 미국이라는 점을 고려하면 상당한 수준임.
  • Yulia S.
    Yulia SoldatovaNovember 1, 2015
    Быстро, вкусно
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