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Marugame Monzo
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Today 11:30AM–2:30PM, 5–10PM
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329 E 1st St Los Angeles, CA 90012
329 East 1st StreetUSCaliforniaLos Angeles90012
(213) 346-9762
$Restaurant, Japanese RestaurantToday 11:30AM–2:30PM, 5–10PM
Monday 11:30AM–2:30PM, 5–10PMTuesday 11:30AM–2:30PM, 5–10PMWednesday 11:30AM–2:30PM, 5–10PMThursday 11:30AM–2:30PM, 5–10PMFriday 11:30AM–2:30PM, 5–10PMSaturday 11:30AM–10PMSunday 11:30AM–10PM
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Hip spot where an array of udon dishes are prepared with noodles hand-pulled in an open kitchen.- Google
"I even got a tempura soft boiled egg, which was made perfectly!"
"My favorite things to order here are the uni cream udon and the beef tataki."
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Jen B.
a week ago
my cousins and i came here around 8pm, and we were seated right away, but we're right by the door so we didnt get a chance to see how the chefs make their noodles. :( i finally got to try the sea urchin cream udon that everybody's raving about, and they're right, ITS SO GOOOOOD! i felt like i was in heaven in a few seconds! my mouth was watering the whole time as i kept on slurping them. the taste also reminds me of alfredo, i was a bit disappointed that there were small pieces of sea urchin, that was the best part! but when its almost gone, i was starting to get full, bec. its so creamy and rich! i felt like a can of calpico is not enough, they should offer some free drink refills at least. i also ordered their beef bowl rice, it was ok, its not bad either, its bec. their beef are so skinny and its not enough for their rice bowl!! i prefer yoshinoya, but i'd give it a 3 out of 5, cuz im not used to the taste, but probably if i eat this more often, i'd probably rate it more too, but i was hungry when we came here so i finished it all up. then after that, we ordered a few appetizers such as Negitoro, they say thats one of the popular ones, the tuna tasted like potato but if you put that on the seaweed, with cucumber and sprouts (minus the wasabi) you dip it in the sauce, it was so good! then we ordered another chicken skins, its kinda like chicharon, that one was also good specially when you eat it from the bottom where it has vinegar sauce inside of it. then their fried chicken, tasted a little bit like something's missing.. i think if they added some soy sauce, it would've tasted good, but thats just me.. the service is also good too, the waiter/tress are very friendly. overall, im glad we choose to go here over Daikokuya, its also cuz we dont carry cash atm, but my experience here was the bomb! i dont mind going back here again.
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Annette Lee
3 weeks ago
Let me start off by telling you - WAIT THERE. They are unforgiving if you miss your name call (even if I was actually right there, the host just butchered my name - yes im salty and received bad service). Anyway, waited about 20 minutes so not too bad. The curry udon was WONDERFUL. Pretty salty, but it was definitely flavorful. The udon noodles are the perfect texture & live up to the rep. My boyfriend got the uni carbonera. I honestly think it's such a hype - it's super creamy, which overpowers the uni flavor since uni is already creamy. And they also give you significantly less udon with your pasta. If you're not a fan of creamy textures (me), I don't recommend it. If that's your cup of tea though, I would say at least try it.
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Esther Kim
a month ago
I finally came back here when I was not dieting! Reading my previous review, I see that both times I have come here I ended up parking on 3rd. I guess that street does usually end up having more openings that the blocks closer to this restaurant... I must have come during an off hour because there was not much of a wait. Which was really good since my friend JC and I were quite hungry. We both ordered the same thing: -- SEA URCHIN CREAM UDON: Creamy Uni Cream Sauce Udon, topped with ikura (salmon egg) This is the udon I have been waiting to try ever since my last visit! Wow, there is a reason why this is so popular... it is really good! Because it is so creamy, I was worried that the entire dish would end up being too much and be slightly nauseating, but that was not the case. It was very delicious. -- SOFT-BOILED EGG TEMPURA Doesn't this sound amazing? We had to try this. The egg was so perfectly cooked! But... it needed salt. In hindsight, I should have eaten the egg with the salty salmon roe that comes with the uni udon! I would say I will do that next time, but I don't really see the need to order this again. I'm glad I tried it once, but for $1.50 I think it should stay a one-time thing. I really loved the uni udon and would definitely be down to coming back here just for that. Upping my review for 4 stars! It could even be a 4.5 star review if half stars were possible, but for now we'll leave it at 4.
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Chuck Tam
in the last week
The udon offerings at Monzo are just about the best you can get in LA. It is made fresh to order and there is a fairly wide variety of flavors from traditional beef with broth, curry, and creamier seafood options. Be prepared to wait for a seat on weekends and some weeknights; the space does not seat very many people, but there are a lot of shops and bars in the surrounding area you can go to to visit before your party is called.
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Nelly Chang
a month ago
I got the Curry udon with double portion. Worth it. I love the taste of their curry and their udon's firmness was just perfect for my taste. There was a long wait when we went for lunch. You can get double portion for just $2 more.
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Daniel Chen
a month ago
Came here for lunch on an unplanned visit to Little Tokyo during our LA trip on New Year's day. Great little spot with pretty good udon noodles, right next to an arguably more popular Daikokuya. While waiting in line, I could see people going to Daikokuya with their luggage...I guess it's just that popular but I digress. Anyway I opted for the Sea Urchin Udon since it's literally 80% of the photos on yelp for this place while the girlfriend got the Champon. Both on their "Signature Items" section. While my item was creamy, rich, and buttery with uni and it went well with the delicious udon noodles, I couldn't help but think this udon was pretty close to an Italian alfredo or something. First time having a dish like this though and I thought it tasted good. The champon however had a very flavorful seafood broth with tons of toppings and veggies in it. I would argue the Udon here would probably be better with more traditional broths instead of the creamy sauces. Overall I really liked the udon here and would probably try a more basic Udon in the future with some of their other side dishes like rice bowls or appetizers.
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Hanae K
a month ago
1st visit - Lunch time, 30 min before they closed (2:30) - Didn't get to see the guy make the noodle :( - Grdered carbonara and squid butter signature entre: both were savory and delicious. Glad we shared 2 different entres and not get sick of eating only one. I also ordered a side off deep fried soft boil egg cuz I never had it. It was ok. My favorite dish was the carbonara sauce (cheeeessse). 2nd - Made a reservation for my family (thank god, it got really crowded) - Finally got to see a guy make their famous handmade udon at the bar behind the window! it's really cool to see how they were made :) - My parents said this is the best udon they have ever had. The noodle isn't mushy and the soup is splendid. - Ordered: curry udon, tempura don, meat udon, kake udon and carbonara. SERVICE A+++ they were very attentive and sweet :) they were cool about letting us change our reservation last minute. TIP - the signature entre is amazing but the sauce will distract u from the quality of the noodle - the traditional udon, you can focus on the noodle and the soup/broth - make a reservation because this place gets crowded - they close at 2:30pm then opens again at 5pm - i think the lunch price is the same as dinner, so best to go during dinner time
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Danny Nguyen
a month ago
OH MY, I definitely recommend the sea urchin cream udon! The noodles are amazing, perfectly textured. I've had udon before, but not as good as this. I've had sea urchin before, and it always tastes like avocado texture to me, but the sea urchin in this udon dish was perfect! The base is so creamy and delicious. I'm sure its a million calories, but calories don't count on weekends right? I am definitely coming back to try the other udons they offer! The wait is about 20 mins, which is not as bad. My friend also got the gratin and squid butter. But those two don't beat the sea urchin. The sea urchin is 15.95 and worth every penny!
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