After an arduous morning of shopping, we headed back to the cbd for lunch. Looking for some simple but nourishing Japanese food, we came upon Udon Yasan along Bourke Street.
Being akin to Mappen, it was set in a factory chain like manner, with noodles or rice being served first, and then sides being obtained on a DIY basis before paying and finding a seat.
Available sides were generally of the fried variety as well.
After paying, we had options of free condiments and a selection of free teas, which I was very impressed with.
My confidante had the beef udon, with a side of karrage chicken, crab cream croquette and karaage chicken. I tried some of the beef, which was thinly sliced and very tender. However the sides were unfortunately cold by the time we had it.
On the other hand, I had a plain udon with sweet beancurd, and a side of crab cream croquette and inari (which I had started to eat before remembering that I needed to take photos of it). Again, I found the udon to be amazingly fresh, springy, and cooked to a very delicious texture. Served with the light broth and unlimited shallots and wakame seaweed, it definitely outdid Mappen on that basis. However, the sides could have been much better if heated properly. Whilst the inari could be cold, the crab cream croquette definitely can't.
Price Range: $7 - $15pp