Fresh noodles being prepared.

Fresh noodles being prepared.Marugame Monzo

Marugame Monzo, set in the heart of downtown LA’s Little Tokyo, captures the simplicity of traditional udon noodle soup and also explores modern takes on the Japanese cuisine.

This place is small and popular, so get there early or be prepared to wait for over an hour.

Pictured above clockwise from the top left: Braised Pork Belly, Duck Udon Soup, Uni Udon in Cream Sauce, Crispy Chicken Skins and Fried Chicken.

The crispy chicken skin, you need that. You may even need two orders but it is only available at dinner. You can thank me later.

They also do an “Udon Carbonara” which is rich, delicious and creative. I guess I will have to go back to get a picture of that. Life is hard.