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Monday
Jan272014

[Japanese] Bushi Udon Kappo


Restaurant: Bushi Udon Kappo
Cuisine: Japanese
Location: Midtown
Address: 1404 Yonge St
Price Range: $10~
1: Poor 2: OK 3: Good 4: Very Good 5: Excellent
Food: 3.5
Service: 3
Ambiance: 3
Overall: 3
Extra information:
* Open for lunch and dinner
* Vegetarian option avail
* Pay parking across the street
* Lunch special
* Takes reservation
I first found out about Bushi Udon Kappo through a friend who recommended it to me couple months ago when they first opened. Honestly I am not the biggest fan of Udon but my mom really likes it so I decided to give this spot a try with my family. It is located on Yonge street a block south of St. Claire so there is only pay parking lot across the street but easily accesible by subway. Restaurant itselt isn't that big and seats only ~34 people so make sure to call in advance if you want to secure a table.
Ordered: Green tea
Served hot for $1.00
Ordered: Grilled Rice Ball 5/5
Brushed with soy sauce, $2 for 1 piece. This is good to order if you want some extra carbs on top of your main dish. It is grilled so that outside is crispy but inside is still soft with nothing inside.
Ordered: Tsuke 4/5
Cold udon served with soy sauce based bonito flavor hot soup for dipping, Musashino style for $10.50. You get to choose between Pork soup or Mushroom soup. Or you can make this a Udon combo which comes with house salad, 2 appetizers and a roll for $15.50.
Udon combo is good to order if you are hungry, although appetizers are small, with rolls and salad it will def fill you up. Salad was decent and the rolls were all vegetarian except one with tuna.
This was my first time trying Musashino style udon and you eat it like Cold Soba. Take a bit of udon, dip it in the soup and it's good to eat. Since the udon noodles come cold, you need to keep it in the soup for a bit before it warms up.
Near the end, the soup did get a little too salty for me so I chose to dip the udon for few seconds instead of letting it sit in the soup. Udon noodles are made fresh in house and they were probably one of the best ones I've tasted. They were chewy, bouncy and cooked perfectly! This is a must try if you love noodles.  
Ordered: Kake 3/5
Hot bowl of Udon in curry for $10.50. House made udon noodles in Japanese curry. I found the curry to be really thick and little too salty as well. This is something I tried in Hawaii and it would be good with some rice since it is super rich.
Ordered: Chicken Karaage & Shrimp Tempura 2/5
This was ordered as extra topping for $2 each. I didn't really like their chicken karaage, it was soggy in texture and served cold. Even though it is $2 per order, I didn't think it was worth it.
Ordered: Nabeyaki Udon 3/5
Hot pot udon cooked in metal pot topped with shrimp tempura, chicken karaage, deep fried tofu, mushrooms and egg for $13.50. We ordered this with tempura on side since nobody enjoys soggy tempura. The soup was kind of bland but udon noodles made up for it and it is a perfect dish to have on a cold day.

Summary: Now that Toronto is filled with ramen restaurants, maybe it's time for udon! This is first of very few restaurants that specialize in udon noodles and customers can enjoy them in different soups/sauces to your liking. Even if you don't like udon, they offer many other Japanese dishes that are reasonable in price. If you are in the area, def drop to check them out!

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