If given the choice, my kids would always opt for Japanese food for lunch. We decided to try Manmaru Homemade Udon, a fairly new udon place in Midvalley.
The restaurant operates a self-service system, hence you place your order at the counter, pay and collect your food before going to your table. The interior is basic and bright, with an open concept kitchen. The udon is freshly made on site at their outlet, using machinery imported from Japan and the culinary skills of their Japanese chefs.
There are a variety of udon available here, from curry udon (RM10.90), kimchi udon (RM11.90), niku udon (RM12.90) to zaru udon (RM8.90). You can view the full menu here. On weekdays, there are also set lunches available, which come with a side salad, hanjuku egg, rolled chicken with teriyaki sauce and green tea. Pretty good value for money.
We ordered two sets, the bukake udon set (RM13.90) and kake udon set (RM12.90). Since the restaurant was not too busy as we were dining early, our food was brought to us when ready. Green tea is refillable at the drinks counter.
Bukake udon set
I had the bukake udon, which is cold udon served in a fish broth and generous amounts of grated radish and ginger. I enjoyed it, very refreshing and the texture of the udon is nice, smooth and chewy. The udon portion is quite big, so it was pretty filling. The fresh garden salad is dressed in an appetizing apple sauce. The hanjuku egg was very nicely done - was pleasantly surprised by the lovely runny yolk, though it could be marinated slightly longer in soy sauce for a more intense taste. We both felt that the rolled chicken was really nice - smooth and tender, and nicely flavored by the teriyaki sauce.
Baby D has already "attacked" the egg before I could take photos :P
We also had the the classic Kake Udon, served in a mildly flavoured broth called kakejiru, made of dashi, soy sauce (shoyu) and mirin, and topped with some finely sliced scallions, and a couple of thin slices of kamaboko (fish cake). Simple and nice.
One thing that impressed me here is the service (despite it being a self-service restaurant). I was refilling two cups of green tea and I was having trouble carrying it back to our table cos the cup was too hot. I was pleasantly surprised when one of the staff noticed and came over to help me carry the cup back to my table. A simple gesture, but it left a lasting impression. We need more people like this.
Full menu can be viewed here.
Price: Total bill RM26.80.
Location: Manmaru Homemade Udon, S-045A, Midvalley City, Lingkaran Syed Putra, 59200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Tel: 03-2282 0287
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