In recent times there have been a sudden increase in Japanese restaurants, mainly due to the increase in awareness by the general public on the intricacies of Japanese cuisine. Fast forward, a new outlet dedicated solely to preparing and serving good Japanese udon have been opened recently in Midvalley Megamall. Aptly named Manmaru Udon, I had the opportunity to dine there with a wonderful bunch of like minded people the other day.
|Manmaru Udon @ Midvalley Megamall|
Lvl 2, Center Court, Mid Valley (Next to Apple Center)
Operation hours : 10am-10pm
Operation hours : 10am-10pm
|A unique concept where food is prepared immediately while you order, fast food style|
Reaching the outlet in Midvalley after work, I was pleased to see how bright and clean the place was. Manmaru Udon is the first outlet of its kind in the Klang Valley, employing a unique fast food concept. Unlike your usual Japanese restaurant where you order, then go over to sit while waiting for the food to be prepared, here at Manmaru Udon, you actually get to see your dishes being prepared in front of you literally. All this before you even pay for it.
|Hard workers of Manmaru Udon preparing the dishes|
Do bear with me as this post will contain a huge number of dishes. Reason being we were served nearly the whole menu that night, leaving our stomach stuffed and really satisfied. There were so many different types of different udon dishes served that I sort of lost count, not until I came back to sort out the photographs taken. Other than the Udon dishes, they do serve side dishes like tempura prawns and many others. Check it all out below.
|#1 Niku Udon – RM12.90 (S) RM14.90 (L)|
|Check out the home made udon, with lots of bite to it|
The Niku Udon served, which happens to have my favourite beef slices inside, came in a rather large bowl filled with udon, sliced beef and spinach. The soup itself had a really nice beefy flavour to it. I must say I liked the thin slices of beef inside, as they were really tender, without being too chewy, going well with the fat slippery udon.
|#2 Cream Corn Udon – RM12.90 (S) RM14.90 (L)|
|#3 Kamaage Udon – RM12.90|
The subsequent two Udon dishes served were the Cream Corn Udon and the Kamaage Udon. Generous amounts of corns were thrown into a creamy based soup, offering a tasty thick soup type of texture for the Cream Corn Udon. As for the Kamaage Udon, it was basically an Al dente style udon served in a bowl of warm kamaage sauce. Basic, but goes well with the accompanying sauce.
|#4 Kake Udon – RM8.90 (S) RM10.90 (L)|
|#5 Japanese Curry Udon – RM10.90 (S) RM12.90 (L)|
The Kake Udon served was a basic dish, where one can choose to order should you prefer a classic style soy udon. Nothing spectacular there, just a classic Udon dish. The Japanese Curry Udon however had a very heavy curry-like taste to it. One thing about Japanese curries are that they are not spicy, but have this creamy, sweet taste to it. I liked this dish a lot though, probably because my taste buds are accustomed to highly flavoured offerings.
|#6 Ume Udon – RM10.90 (S) RM12.90 (L)|
|#7 Zaru Udon – RM8.90 (S) RM10.90 (L)|
If you would like to have a taste of cold udon, then go for the Zaru Udon, a cold udon dish. I was told this was an all time favourite cold udon dish. Well to each his own, I still prefer my Udons in piping hot soup. The Ume Udon was a refreshing dish, served with pickled plums that tantalize the taste buds.
|#8 Potato vege tempura|
|#9 Vegetables tempura|
|#10 An assortment of my favourite japanese tempuras, the shrimp, mushroom and chicken wings!|
At Manmaru Udon, on top of their signature udon dishes, one can just pick off the side dishes from the rack. Priced individually, we could actually mix and match the various tempuras to our liking. The prices of the side dishes begins from as low as RM3 per piece onwards.
|#11 Ajitsuke Tamago|
|Aloe Vera drink to down all the good food|
Interestingly we ended the lovely night out at Manmaru Udon with these lovely eggs, the Ajitsuke Tamago to be exact. Now it's not always I get to have eggs prepared the Japanese way, immediately taking a liking for these soft hard boiled eggs. So the next time you're in the vicinity of Midvalley Megamall, be it shopping or business, do remember to drop by Manmaru Udon, for that quick Udon fix.