A short post! My friend wanted to try out Umaido which recently opened in Box Hill. It’s in the food court close to the train station.
As some of you know, I recently went to Tokyo where I had some of the best udon I’ve ever had in my life. I love sanuki style udon – especially the prices. My mum and I went to Hanamaru a few times to save up for a nicer meal later (who can resist less than 500 yen meals) and believe me, we weren’t disappointed. Perfect eggs every time.
Umaido runs itself similar to Hanamaru – fastfood style with trays, you go to the counter where you choose your noodle base and then move to the right and there’s self-serve tempura and an assortment of fried items. Don’t forget to ask for some tempura sauce.
I had the cold bukkake ontama udon (soft egg) and chose tempura prawn, takoyaki and a potato croquette. I have to say the udon was a little firm for my liking and wasn’t as slippery and smooth as the ones I had in Tokyo. Also, a few strands of udon had stuck together making that part slightly undercooked. The tempura wise, we had gone at around 1pm on a Saturday so I expected the items to be a little fresher but it seemed like the croquettes weren’t very popular as I suspect mine had been sitting there for a while.
So whilst I miss sanuki udon very much, for $12.60 I think I’d rather have other things in Box Hill. Maybe if I get a craving then I’ll try them again – hopefully the hot udon will be more cooked!