Looking for a quick lunch in Melbourne’s CBD, I stopped by Udon Yasan, Melbourne’s alternative to Marukame in Chatswood. I found the ordering experience to be somewhat similar, beginning with the speedy udon serving station, then moving onto the tempura bar and other fixings.
The menu has far less varieties of udon than Marukame, choosing to stick with udon noodle soups. I decided to try their regular sized cold beancurd noodle soup with a side of eggplant tempura.
The Eggplant Tempura tasted very fresh and crispy. The condiments on offer were a little lacking compared to Marukame with only soy sauce offered and no sauce dishes. But overall, the tempura was quite enjoyable.
I really enjoyed the udon here. The noodles were very long and had a great chewy texture. The slurp was very good too. The beancurd was a large sheet with plenty of flavour and sweetness while the soup was light and provided just the right amount of umami. Mixed in with the fresh grated ginger, this was a very tasty bowl of noodles.
I can definitely recommend Udon Yasan for a quick, fresh meal on the go. There’s nothing flash or fancy here, just great noodles and delicious flavours.
Cost: This meal cost $10.70
Payment: Cash or card