There are many places to get Udon in Los Angeles, but only a few places that specialize in Udon. If you want to give it a try, Marugame Udon is in the West LA Sawtelle area. The setup is similar to Tsurumaru Udon in that it’s cafeteria style and you pickup a tray and pick what you want.
They will make your Udon order right in front of you. On this trip, I ordered the Mentai Kamatama (large $9.25) shown below.
Because of their format, if you want Udon quickly, this is the place for you. However, as with any noddle dish, I do not recommend getting it to go.
As for the quality, personally I think the cold soup is too sweet, and the Udon is just acceptable. The mentaiko was fine, but there is nothing to do but scoop it. The highlight was the poached egg.
If I had my choice, I would go to Marugame Monzo on 1st street instead. But if you’re in this area, and you want Udon lightning quick, this may be your cup of tea.
2029 Sawtelle Blvd. Los Angeles CA 90025