I was so excited when I found out last February, an udon chain shop from Japan will open in Jakarta. Udon is one of the first things I ate in Japan -the seniors took us juniors to udon shop- when I was studying there years ago. For us Indonesian students in Japan, udon was not just pretty cheap and fulfilling but also halal and on top of that, soo yummy! Since then I had this love with udon ♡
Well excitement aside, I didn't rush to Marugame till this week because I didn't have the time to go all the way to West Jakarta. But during the Isra Miraj holiday, glad I spare some time to visit Marugame Udon in Mal Taman Anggrek :)
Me and danna went for lunch at around 11:30 a.m and it was packed! But props to the large number of quick and trained staffs thar kept the flow going and we didn't have to wait for tables after paying at the register.
The concept is pretty much self service counter just like in Japan. We lined up, grab a tray and order the type of udon we want. The servers will assemble it to you like in 5 seconds, faster than any fast food chain! ^^
After we had our choice of udon, we take a little tray where we could choose from arrays of side-dishes of tempura or inari sushi.
Some of the tempura were even original and I didn't find in Japan! Like the Broccoli Kakiage and Chicken Chili Tempura... :)
This is what me and danna ordered. I chose the simplest Kake Udon (IDR 33K) in order to taste the authenticity (^.-). My choice of tempura was the Ebi Tempura (IDR 14K) and the ordinary Kakiage (IDR 10K), which was what I always order in Japan :)
My first sip on the broth, oishii !! Authentic Japanese simple dashi that would just warms you up :) The udon itself is really thick slightly on the hard side, and made me have to chew a little rather than slurping it, which makes it really fulfilling. Don't forget to top your udon with self serving tenkasu (crunchy flour batter bits of the tempura), sesame seeds, grated ginger and green onions. As for the Kakiage, I love having it half as it is and half of it I dunk it in my udon bowl. The oil from the Kakiage tempura really makes the broth richer!
I thought the Ebi Tempura's batter was too thick though. Rather than a delicate tempura, I felt like I was eating Ebi Fry hehe.
Danna had the On Tama Udon (IDR 40K). On Tama is served hot or cold, we went for the hot one. He also picked the Broccoli Tempura (IDR 10K), Ebi Tempura (IDR 14K) and Inari Sushi (IDR 8K) for the sides.
The On Tama was delicious also. Impressively authentic, other than the fact that the onsen tamago or poached egg did not break into those bursting golden yolks. But it's understandable as in Indonesia, it's not common to eat eggs that are not cooked. The shoyu base soup is saltier than the Kake Udon's dashi yet still subtle. Delicious! Biting the Inari, it was a delightful surprise that they mixed sesame into the sushi rice.
Mall Taman Anggrek, 3F
Jl. Letjen S. Parman Kav.21, Slipi, Jakarta Barat