Review: Marukame Udon – Waikiki, Honolulu, USA


There is nothing like a scrumptious bowl of noodles wherever you travel. As a result of a lot of Pacific Rim influence in the Pacific Island of Hawaii, there is an excellent selection of Asian inspired dining within the corners of Waikiki Beach. The opportunity to enjoy hand cut udon noodles is a pretty special experience, no matter where you are in the world.

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Review: Marukame Udon – Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, United States of America.

Marukame Udon has been putting out a steady product of noodles from its’ Waikiki Beach location in Honolulu. Growing up in Vancouver, Canada, a city with a substantial base of citizens that have immigrated from Pacific Rim countries, has found me craving noodles on a regular basis.

The ability to get hand cut udon noodles isn’t something that you can get every day. When you find a restaurant that provides hand cut noodles, it’s almost like finding a needle in the hay stack; a discovery to be treasured and enjoyed!

Booking Marukame Udon:

There is no booking process at Marukame Udon. It is strictly on a first come first serve basis. There are typically lines at this location, so be prepared to wait somewhere up to 45 minutes to enjoy a bowl of noodles unless you’re able to arrive at a non peak period.

Arriving to Marukame Udon:

Marukame Udon was a short walk from The Sheraton Waikiki. Although the restaurant doesn’t command a beach front location, it does hold a popular spot immediately across from the Paiai Fish Market.

There is usually a queue at this location. We’ve found the best times to visit have been in the early afternoon (2:30 PM) after the lunch hour rush, or in the late evening just before closing (after 9:15 PM). The restaurant closes at 10 PM.

The Process:

After you arrive, you’ll likely have an opportunity to see the menu from the menu boards located around the line. Once you make it to the front of the queue, you’ll be able to order direct through the window.

Upon ordering, your noodle order will be immediately processed and presented to you on a tray.


The Meal:

Once your bowl of wonderful udon noodles is presented, you’ll have an option to enjoy some extra add ons. Today’s specialities were calamari or shimp tempura that are available in an a – la – carte format. While the tempura wasn’t served fresh like the noodles, it was pretty tasty and didn’t taste stale by any means.

Sliding your tray along, you pay for your meal at the cashier. You can then locate a free seat in the restaurant on your own.

I ordered wonderful BK Udon, served with house made kake sauce. I ordered some shrimp tempura along the side, along with a spam musubi sushi. The spam musubi sushi is a Hawaiian themed sushi, featuring spam on top of sushi rice. It’s something not typically found outside of Hawaii.

MrsWT73 enjoyed a chicken curry udon bowl with their spicy beef sauce. She also enjoyed a chicken katsu as a side appetizer.

The check for two bowls of noodles, tempura and sushi came to less than $25 USD for two. There is no alcohol served at this location, making a trip here very inexpensive.

The Bottom Line: Marukame Udon

Marukame Udon was a great little find in Waikiki Beach that offered a great change from expensive resort dinners. It’s perfect for those looking for a lighter dinner as long as you are prepared to endure a little wait every now and then.

We’ll be returning at our next available opportunity, the next time we find ourselves in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA!

If you have visited Marukame Udon, did you find the wait worthwhile ?

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