MARUGAME SEIMEN is a self-service dining styled Udon & Tempura Japanese resto that specializes in piping hot Sanuki Udon and freshly fried tempura. They opened their first shop in 2000 and is now the undisputed udon chain king in Japan.
It is named after the city known for the Best Udon, in Kagawa Prefecture in Japan. It’s called seimen because the noodles are freshly made in the store.
Thanks to the Ben Chan group, Marugame Seimen will open its doors in Manila before the year ends.
Here is why Marugame Seimen will create an Udon & Tempura craze in the metro…
It’s known for its self-service style, where you assemble and customize your udon bowl with the help of their young and courteous staff.
You can add the big vegetable tempura and freshly fried shrimp tempura.
You can add as many tempura variants as you want as these are billed by piece. The pricing is quite good at Japanese Yen prices; I hope they maintain the same level of pricing in Manila.
Satsumaimo-ten (sweet potato tempura – ¥90 ~P31/pc), Kabocha -ten (pumpkin tempura – ¥90 ~P31/pc), Inari (fried bean curd – ¥1oo ~P37/pc), Salmon Omusubi (¥130 ~P38/pc), Kombu kelp Omoburi (¥130 ~P38/pc)
Try to order an Omoburi, which is like machang but wrapped in seaweed instead. My favorite is the one topped with Kombu kelp.
Mentai-Kamatama Udon (Medium ¥400 ~P147/bowl). Udon noodles served directly from the boiler, mixed with a hot spring egg and some Pollack roe and cut seaweed on it. Add soy sauce and cut green onions to your preference.
The udon + tempura combination is quite filling. It’s a great lunch meal option that will surely be a hit in Manila.
Another good option is the udon with curry flavors, especially now that a Japanese curry craze is starting in Manila.
I wonder what the localized flavor will be for Manila–Batchoy Udon? 🙂
I love the Marugame Seimen concept of making fresh udon and serving it piping hot onto your bowl, with freshly fried tempura in a fast self-service dining style. Best of all, they provide good value for your money and the option to customize your udon whichever way you want. I also like their traditional Japanese interiors with contemporary touches.
I recommend the Mentai-Kamatama Udon and Kashiwa-ten tempura! I love the fat, springy udon noodles which are admittedly quite filling. You can get the udon broth on the side and customize your dipping sauce.
I do hope that they keep the pricing affordable when they bring this to Manila, which, if they do, will be cheaper than the ramen shops.
Thank you to the Suyen Corporation for bringing the Marugame Seimen Udon chain to Manila!
#1 Sanaki Udon Chain in Japan
Nihon Seimei Sannomiya Ekimae Building 11F
7-1-1 Onoedori, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture 651-0088
Telephone: +81 78 200-3430
Live an Awesome Life,
Disclosure: Our Japan Food Trip was courtesy of Suyen Corporation (Bench group). I wrote this article with my biases, opinions, and insights. Read Our Awesome Planet Complete Disclosure Policy here.
P.S. Maybe they can hold a contest for what the localized udon version in Manila should be.