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Tokyo-based Udon Shop Opening on Greenville

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Beginning Tuesday, SMU students craving handmade udon and other Japanese-inspired munchies need only go a stone’s throw away. Tokyo-based noodle chain Marugame Udon is opening its second Texas location on Greenville Avenue on Jan. 19 — just in time for another breakless semester.

A chef prepares udon noodles. Image courtesy of Marugame Udon.
A chef prepares udon noodles. Image courtesy of Marugame Udon. Photo credit: Marugame Udon

Marugame’s udon noodles are the main attraction. The “Sanuki-style” noodles are known for their chewiness and tenderness according to Marugame. Diners can watch their food be prepared in an exhibition kitchen before choosing from a display of freshly prepared Japanese street foods: chicken katsu sandwiches, fresh tempura, and pork belly skewers are just a few treats that beckon on the way to the cash register.

Marugame diners choose from a selection of Japanese street foods after receiving their udon.
Marugame diners choose from a selection of Japanese street foods after receiving their udon. Photo credit: Audrey McClure

Besides the standard Japanese fare of udon and teriyaki rice bowls, Marugame also offers unique fusions such as “Mac n’ Cheese” udon noodles in a cheese sauce and “Harumaki,” a fried spring roll stuffed with cheese, eggs and diced Spam.

Prices are also student-friendly. Bowls and sandwiches range from just under $6 to just under $13, while sides, skewers and tempura range from just under $2 to $5.

Marugame will be open for limited capacity dine-in as well as pick-up, take-out and online ordering.

Marugame Udon is at 5500 Greenville Ave., and is open to the public beginning Tuesday, Jan. 19.

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