udon from ¥550
- 5 Chome-7-6 Ogikubo, Suginami, Tokyo
- Distance from Station:
- 6 minutes on foot from JR/Tokyo Metro Ogikubo Station, East Exit South
- 03-6457-8424 (Japanese only)
- 11:00am - 3:00pm / 5:00pm - 9:00pm, closed the 3rd Wednesday of every month
- Japanese; Occasionally English speaking and Korean speaking staff are available.
HANA WA SAKU
Award Winning Udon Noodles Blooming Through Tokyo
[published February 2019]
Hana Wa Saku is a popular udon noodle shop that, like it’s name means in Japanese, is like a flower blooming through Tokyo with many new locations opening recently. The Ogikubo location on Nakadori Shopping Street is the 3rd shop opened. Remaining true to the ever-popular original location in Nakano, Hana Wa Saku uses 100% Japanese ingredients and puts maximum care and attention into crafting the best udon noodles. Unlike most professional udon shops that rest the dough for a full day before cooking the noodles, Hana Wa Saku allows the dough to fully hydrate over 2 full days making the texture of the noodles more doughy than other udon restaurants.
The menu here can be overwhelming with delicious choices like the kakiage tempura udon (shown), quality meat udon, curry udon, as well as seasonal changing menus and more. Although the udon menu is more or less the same at their other locations, the Ogikubo shop’s specialty not found at other locations is their Oden, a Japanese food popular in the cold season consisting of vegetables, tofu, eggs and sausage stewed in Japanese broth. They also have great side menu options like salads and rice dishes as well as toppings like egg, various tempura, and more. You can find a winning combination with all of their options. And for a very interesting and welcome combination, this udon specialty restaurant has a Beatles-only soundtrack every day, so fans of Japanese food and The Beatles will be in heaven here! It’s a great place to enjoy Japanese udon noodles. There are counter seats and a couple of tables in the back. Currently there is no English menu but it is coming soon.
Hana Wa Saku won the 2017 Udon Grand Prix award as the #1 udon in East Japan for their sanuki udon (the type of udon originating on Shikoku island) so if you are in town and udon is on your menu, Hana Wa Saku should be on your list.
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