Marugame Udon Review by Love. Eat. Wander.
It was the long queue outside Marugame Udon restaurant that convinced us to dine there. According to JimBry, the long line of diners signifies the good quality of food. The only way to find out was to check them ourselves, so we fell in line too.
Marugame Udon is well known for its freshly made udon and crispy fried tempura. It is an acclaimed, undisputed udon chain king in Japan with more than 1,000 stores across the globe. Udon, by the way, is a thick wheat flour noodles, and Marugame is a city in Japan known to have the best of its kind.
FOOD AND RATES
I am more of a ramen person and I have no love for fat, springy noodles like udon so I just ordered the safest choice, Gyudon Rice! It was okay. This flavorful lot was further boosted by the contrasting smack of the pickled (orange) ginger. Serving was so generous I failed to finish the entire content of the bowl.
JimBry ordered one of the bestsellers – Beef Ontama Bukkake Udon. He said he liked the noodles’ consistency, the abundance of flavorful beef strips, and the onsen egg that balanced out mild sweet taste of the soup while adding a creamy texture onto it.
Beef Ontama Bukkake Udon (Regular – PhP210 * Large – PhP260) – This dish comes with marinated gyudon beef strips, Japanese poached egg, and bukkake soup. You can get as many extra sidings as you want at the tempura and omusubi station.
Gyudon Rice (PhP170) – Cooked Japanese rice topped with sliced tender beef strips and pickled ginger.
Noritama Omusubi (PhP35) – Japanese food made from white rice formed into triangular shape and sprinkled with small nori strips.
Tempura Kakiage / Vegetable Tempura (PhP60) – Fried vegetables (onions, carrots, and Chinese chive) in tempura batter.
The bestselling point of Marugame Udon is the affordability of their food. Out total bill was only PhP525! I liked my order, do did JimBry and Skye (who ate both my order and JimBry) so I guess Maragume Udon is a great option when you are in BGC!
STAFF AND SERVICE
Service is fast and staff are friendly.
Although it took us roughly 30 minutes to be seated because of the waiting assembly line, the entire ordering process is fairly fast and efficient.
- From the line outside, we started off by getting a tray and providing our orders to the staff who prepared the food. We had the opportunity to see our orders being prepared right in front of our very eyes. We watched as they kneaded, cut, boiled, and served our orders. We loved that there were options of customizing the serving size, temperature, and adding toppings to our dishes.
- We passed by the side dishes station which was laid out in buffet style. We chose our side dishes (charge is per piece) and went to the cashier to pay.
- After paying, we were escorted to our table after completing everything.
We ate at Marugame Udon & Tempura BGC. It located in Building 7, Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City. It is a self-service (you even have to get your own water), canteen-style restaurant with an open dining and kitchen area so the ambience was not relaxing. Tables were so near each other and the place was too loud.
Operating Hours: M-Su: 11AM-10PM
Other branches are situated in SM North EDSA and Glorietta 4. For menu, you may check here.
OUR UNSOLICITED PLATE OF THOUGHTS
If it’s not too much to ask, we think it would be nice if there are chairs outside for the people waiting in line. It is no joke to stand for 30 minutes for people with diminishing youth. Also, can you purchase high chairs so little kids can comfortably eat, too?
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Disclaimer: We are not professional food critics. Ghaad, we cannot even cook a decent meal. We just love eating and
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