Udon Lovers, Don’t Miss This Restaurant in Japan
It's just in Kyoto!
201-1, Nishino-cho, Higashiyama ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto
Open from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
How to get there: It’s a 5-minute walk from Keihan Sanjo Station.
UDON MAIN is on a mission. Located on a quiet street, along with many antique shops, the Kyoto-based udon restaurant wants to introduce more people to the world of spices. According to its head representative, Fukada, spices have yet to really become part of the common culture in Japan, but they plan to change that through everyday Japanese fare like udon.
Using more than 50 spices from across the world, they’re certainly well on their way. If you love udon and aren’t afraid of a bit of spice, make sure you stop by and try these dishes:
The noodles are Himi udon from the Toyama Prefecture.
The Green Curry Udon with Shrimp (¥1,300) is flavored with coconut and spicy chili, along with more than 10 other spices. The handmade noodles, with their chewy texture and wheat flavor, slide easily down the throat. Bowls are available in limited quantity.
This is made with kelp, mixed flake, and sichuan pepper.
The Mapo Tofu Udon (¥1,000) uses tofu from the long-established tofu shop Toyouke-ya Yamamoto in Kyoto and comes with eight different spices, which give the udon a strong spicy kick. We also recommend that you order rice at the end and enjoy it as Mapo Tofu bowl. Bowls are available in limited quantity.
Pepper Smoked Mackerel Udon with kelp, mixed flake, and black pepper
The Pepper Smoked Mackerel Udon (¥1,000) is a great combination of four spices and soup stock. Topped with green pepper, it definitely has a kick to it.
Look at that colorful bowl!
The Kyoto Udon (¥1,200) includes plenty of Kyoto vegetables like the Seigoin radish. The ginger warms your body from the inside. Bowls are available in limited quantity.
This bowl comes with kelp, mixed flake, and star anise.
The pork belly in the Dongpo Pork Udon (¥1,000) is stewed until soft and comes with a sauce made of eight spices, including the star anise.
Throughout the day, UDON MAIN also serves food sets. Here are some of them:
UDON SET (¥1,000). It comes with two herb rice balls.
The morning set is available until 11:30. Other than the selectable udon sets, they also offer the OKAYU SET that comes with rice porridge and Japanese-style omelet.
The Udon Bento comes in an elegant lacquered box.
For lunch, the Udon Bento (¥1,800) is a must-try that comes with four different spices. It is available from 11:30 a.m., although bowls are available in limited quantities only. You can select four types of udon other than the limited ones and enjoy them with the soup contained in the thermal bottle. It comes with boiled vegetables, two rice balls with spicy ingredients and fruits (varies depending on the season).
The set comes with four craft beers in a small-sized glasses (the brands may vary).
At night, you can also enjoy their Craft Beer Sampler Set (¥2,000)—perfect for enjoying spicy udon (S:¥600, L:¥850).
Despite being renovated into a modern style, the restaurant maintains the elegance of a century-old Machiya townhouse.
The first floor has a view of the garden that helps people relax.
Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, and Kansai Walker™ (21 February 2019)