硯家南池袋店(Suzuriya Minami Ikebukuro-ten)
Pork udon(hot). Udon is not bad though the pork meat is hard. For a simple bowl of udon, I did have to wait for a very long time even though the restaurant was pretty empty. This udon place has two restaurants which are only a few minutes walk from each other.
硯家 本店(Suzuriya Honten)
Honten has better seating and better service. Had egg roll and tempura zaru udon. The egg roll and the udon are so-so, but the tempura is not bad – huge slices of aubergine, pumpkin, shishitou(small green pepper), prawn and bell pepper, all freshly fried. Very thick flour coating but it is crispy. 840yen for a tempura udon is very cheap too.
Beef bukkake udon and takikomi rice, 900yen. I thought bukkake udon usually has only a bit of sweet soya sauce to mix with the udon, but this one basically is soup udon, and since I ordered cold version, the soup was cold….I was chilled to the bones eating it. And the beef was too hard and tasteless and I left most of it. The noodles itself was okay though. And the portion is massive. I guess I ordered the wrong thing for the weather. The takikomi rice was good.