東京麺通団 Mentsudan Udon, Shinjuku, Tokyo

I was really stuck trying to decide what I wanted to eat for my final dinner in Tokyo, but with the weather taking a turn for the worse, it turned into a google search for what was closest to the excellent Bar Benfiddich, where I had gone for pre dinner cocktails.

I was immediately struck by the descriptions of Mentsudan Udon, and decided I would make the 10 minute walk in the rain, rather than splash out on a taxi (seriously, taxi prices in Tokyo are NUTS!)

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Mentsudan is a self service udon restaurant, where you place your order at the small open kitchen at the front, waiting for them to prepare it, before moving on past a small selection of appetisers (such as kimchee/tamago etc) and tempura, before placing your drinks order and paying.

They serve “Sanuki” or Kagawa style udon “characterized by its square shape and flat edges” (thanks google!) and perhaps unsurprisingly given how good my meal was, I learnt that the restaurant is owned by the head of Kazutoshi Tao (an udon appreciation society)

As I had tried relatively classic, simple dishes throughout my trip, I decided on my last night I would try something a bit different, and so ordered the hot udon with soy, natto (fermented soy beans) and a raw egg (410 yen ($3.80) for a small or 510 ($4.70) for a large) after which I added in some kimchee, tamago, vegetable tempura & a large sake to round off my order before taking. seat at one of their communal dining tables (individual tables are also available)

Honestly, I am still dreaming about these udon. Any fears I had upon ordering were immediately dismissed the second I had my first mouthful. The egg, although being a whole egg and not just egg yolk, added a sort of carbonar-y vibe to the dish, whilst the soy and natto leant the dish an incredible umami. It was just so warming, comforting and absolutely delicious – up there with the best noodle dishes I have ever eaten, without a doubt!

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Even though I ordered the small udon, the sides were totally unnecessary and I would say you could skip those unless you were sharing with a friend, or totally ravenous, just don’t forget to pick up some scallions, ginger and crispy tempura bits to go on top of your udon

Dinner came to just under $20 with 2 large sake which I thought was really reasonable and I would definitely, definitely, recommend a visit to Mentsudan!

Tokyo Mentsudan Udon

Daikan Plaza Business Kiyoda Bldg 1F, 7-9-15 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku 160-0023 西新宿ビル(Near Shinjuku station)
Opening Hours: 8:00am – 11:30pm (Mon – Fri), 10:00am – 11:30pm (Sat, Sun)
Google Maps – Tokyo Mentsudan Udon 

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