Marugame Monzo

Restaurants, Japanese Little Tokyo
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Photograph: Victor LeungShrimp tempura udon at Marugame Monzo
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Photograph: Victor LeungMarugame Monzo
 (Photograph: Victor Leung)
Photograph: Victor LeungMarugame Monzo
 (Photograph: Victor Leung)
Photograph: Victor LeungMarugame Monzo
 (Photograph: Victor Leung)
Photograph: Victor LeungMarugame Monzo

Maybe the most exciting restaurant in Little Tokyo at the moment is Marugame Monzo, which recently relocated, turning its new space to showcase its freshly made udon. Ask for seats at the counter so you can watch the noodle-making action up close: Behind a large glass, the udon master will roll out the dough and cut strands and strands of the thick, chewy noodles for each order. The traditional bowls are great here; try the hot kitsune udon ($7.95) topped with fried tofu or the cold plum shiso bukkake udon ($8.95). Or, for a fun mash up of Japanese and Italian cuisines, go for the very popular miso carbonara udon ($12.50).

By: Tien Nguyen


Venue name: Marugame Monzo
Address: 329 E 1st St
Los Angeles
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am–2:30pm, 5-10pm
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I never cared for thick noodles until I went here for dinner. The freshest noodles made right in front of you with the creamiest broths. Even with a line, the wait isn't usually that long since they move fast here. Also try the Japanese liqueur and get a bottle! It's more cost effective since you will surely want more than just a glass of it.


Amazing udon. That's all I can say. The chefs prepare the noodles right in front of your eyes. When they are served, they are soft and supple and soak up the delicious broth. Don't be intimidated by the lines outside, a lot of people put their names down but end up giving up. Just stick to it! I was with only one other person and it was supposed to be a 45 minute wait during prime time lunch hour. However, with all the people giving up and going to lesser places, we only waited around 20 minutes to get seats at the bar. I recommend the uni udon. The broth is super rich and creamy. A must-go when in LA and you're hanging around Little Tokyo!