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Monzo
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Today 11:30 am – 10:00 pm
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329 E 1st St Los Angeles, CA 90012
329 East 1st StreetUSCaliforniaLos Angeles90012
(213) 346-9762
$Restaurant, Japanese RestaurantToday 11:30 am – 10:00 pm
Monday 11:30 am – 2:30 pm, 5:00 – 10:00 pmTuesday 11:30 am – 2:30 pm, 5:00 – 10:00 pmWednesday 11:30 am – 2:30 pm, 5:00 – 10:00 pmThursday 11:30 am – 2:30 pm, 5:00 – 10:00 pmFriday 11:30 am – 2:30 pm, 5:00 – 10:00 pmSaturday 11:30 am – 10:00 pmSunday 11:30 am – 10:00 pm
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Hip spot where an array of udon dishes are prepared with noodles hand-pulled in an open kitchen.- Google
"Traditional Japanese udon noodles are made fresh in front of you."
"My favorite things to order here are the uni cream udon and the beef tataki."
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Michael Weissman
a month ago
Okay, I'm going to give it 5 stars and hope the last time I came here was a fluke. Their fresh noodles and steaming hot dashi broth are really quite good. My last visit suffered from poor service and a really overly seaweed heavy wakame udon. Stick to the standard udon or the creamy dishes. I like their bowls and spoons.
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Jen H
2 months ago
-Lunch Review- I really wanted to fall in love with this place, but sadly I walked out disappointed. I came for lunch, which turns out to have the same pricing as dinner with the exception of discounted rice bowls. The bowls are discounted to $3 (Beef, Kakiage, Pork Belly Don) and $4 (Shrimp Tempura Don). My order: Miso Carbonara Udon - $12.50 Too Rich, I felt like I was going to have a heart attack after a couple of bites! I've read over and over the other reviews about this dish being too rich, but I was being stubborn. I am a fan of Carbonara, but this dish made me feel like I was getting injected with butter into my veins! Yikes!!! I would NOT recommend this dish for your sole entree, but as one to share with a party of 4. Chicken Tempura Udon - $8.95 It's just a regular Udon noodle soup with Chicken Tempura on the side. Hmm? I wasn't wowed, the bowl was as simple as it gets. Plus, there were only two pieces of chicken for this entree. The Udon noodle itself was superb, so I am willing to come back to try their other entrees. As for the ones that I have tried, PASS! For those who has no idea what an Udon dish is, here's the general description: Udon is usually served hot as noodle soup in its simplest form in a mildly flavored broth....think soy sauce! They also have cold ones available, which is great on a hot summer day. Monzo's Udon noodles are made at location guaranteeing the freshest noodles available and I agree with everyone on this point. As I was leaving, I saw a lot of orders for Beef Udon that actually looked pretty good. The chef makes it with the regular Udon noodle soup with the addition of the marinated beef inside. I foresee this being my next order! So who wants to try some more noodles???
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Pauline Cao
3 months ago
Yes, this place is hyped up but, it really does live up to it! You just have to know what to order. I hated the Sea Urchin Cream Udon the first time I had it here. I don't know if it was just my dish or I was just off that day. Good thing I wanted to give Marugame Monzo another try. I loved it the second time around! I came here a few days ago again with a friend. What We Ordered: - Mentai Squid Butter Udon - Miso Carbonara Udon - Curry Udon The Mentai Squid Butter was meh....I would never order it again. It just wasn't flavorful. The Miso Carbonara was good but not amazing. It definitely did not taste good the next day either. It was super oily. I do not recommend taking any of these dishes home. My friend loved her Curry Udon! I tried it and liked it as well! My favorite will still be the Sea Urchin Cream Udon though. I will be back! Parking sucks! You have to find street parking or pay at parking lots or structures.
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Annie Lin
6 months ago
This place earns five stars in my book. Soooo goooood! The wait was very long on a Saturday night - we arrived at 7PM and didn't get in until around 8:20PM..but we did get to sit at the bay and look at the chef make freshmade udon for us to NOMS! We ordered the uni cream udon (by far the most popular dish, as it seems every other table in the restaurant had an order) and the duck udon. The uni cream udon is very thick, yet so delicious! The duck udon had the best soup ever. I was feeling a bit under the weather and eating that may have just brought my mood back up... I'll be back :) I don't mind the wait for this place at all!
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Melanie Huynh
a month ago
I came here last Saturday afternoon and was seated after 30 minutes. Since the restaurant is located in Little Tokyo, we just walked around the shops in the plaza across the street. When we got back, we were seated about 5 minutes later. The waitress sat us an a table next to a pillar. The tables are very close together and there's only a small gap for you to slip through to get to seat against the wall. We shared the Sea Urchin Cream Udon and the Udon Gratin. We ordered two cream based udons, which was mistake because the creaminess got a little overwhelming. Nevertheless, the Sea Urchin Cream Udon was sooooooo delicious. With the prefect ratio of uni and cream. The fresh udon noodles are the best I've ever had. The Udon Gratin was good. It reminded me of the udon version of mac and cheese. This restaurant offers the best udon I have ever had. I recommend this place to anyone who loves uni and udon.
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Rafael Perez
2 months ago
A great experience and wonderful noodles. Great sides available for your udon and interesting options fusing Japanese and Italian. Very authentic staff, service and settings.
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Sophia Chang
4 months ago
I am in love with this place. The mesmerizing and adroitness way they make the udon, the texture of the udon, creamy and generous portions of uni, the tempura - it's all fantastic to me. Normally, I do not care for or like fusion-type dishes, and at first, I was skeptical at how a creamy white sauce would work with Japanese noodles. Somehow, it does, and it is extremely delicious. Even though it's a pretty small restaurant, the wait is often much shorter than the over-hyped Daikokuya next door. Service is average with the servers staying busy.
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Stephanie Han
6 months ago
Well it certainly lived up to my expectations, which were kind of high, considering the hype. A friend and I met up for an early dinner (6pm) and there was absolutely no wait. We sat at the bar by the big noodle-making display window and got to see some of the work in action, which was fun, but apparently a majority of the work gets done during the day. I had to order the uni cream udon, of course, and Hannah got her fave, the Mentai squid butter udon. From reading the other reviews I knew to expect the sauce to be on the runnier side, and it was exactly so. It's definitely different from the uni cream pasta you might get at Maruhide Uni Club or Cafe Hiro, so don't go in expecting that; this is its own animal, and as such, very satisfying. The noodles were indeed perfect, and I loved every bite. I also tried their scallop carpaccio, which was good but not super-stellar in my book. Also got to try a bit of Hannah's Mentai squid butter udon and while interesting, not really my cup of tea--I'll stick to the uni cream. It's also a little spendy, but definitely worth the visit. I will be trying the more traditional dish next time.
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