Sunday, July 28, 2013

Arata Udon @ Damansara Utama

Fans of udon, this one's for you: Freshly made renditions of these wheat-flour noodles reign supreme at Arata, a Japanese-run restaurant from which ramen & soba are strangely banished.

Arata's house-manufactured udon is very nice indeed, firm but not chewy, entirely enjoyable with accompaniments like five-vegetable tempura.

Dip them hot or cold into pork-filled sauce; Arata serves a something-for-everyone variety.

Bukkake udon (RM18 before taxes), splashed with dashi-broth brewed by chef Yukihiro Arakawa, topped with plump prawns, fried mochi rice cakes & crisp veggies.

Mentaiko cod roe udon (RM16), savory & slurp-worthy. Could Arata be the Klang Valley's best udon restaurant? Potentially.

Side dishes of juicy pork cha-siu, eggs & miso soup are available too.

Our sole lament: Sake is absent. The best we can do here is Asahi beer.

Arata Japanese Noodles,
72, Jalan SS21/35, Damansara Uptown.
Tel: 03-7732-4088
Open for lunch & dinner, except Mondays.

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28 comments:

  1. Tat mentaiko cod roe udon looks fabulous! Hopefully it's served cold...hehe =)

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    1. Ulric: heheh, that can remain a mystery for now, for you to discover the answer to someday =)

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    2. A mystery that will be unraveled soon as tis place is just 15mins drive from my office...hahahaha =)

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    3. Ulric: ooo, okie, let the food detective investigate and solve this delicious mystery! :D

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  2. oh yes! udon! yummy~~~ XD

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    1. Mr Lonely: glad to hear you like udon =)

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  3. Very nice decor, Sean. That pork looks succulent!

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    1. Linda: yup, those luscious strips of pork go well with all sorts of japanese noodles =)

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  4. Oooo the udon looks like it does have a very nice texture, I guess the toppings here are slightly more adventurous than Sanuki.

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    1. Baby Sumo: yeah, i'd definitely trust the guys here to make udon for us =) ya, the list of toppings and recipes are quite wide here. i was pleasantly surprised =)

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    1. Waverly: ya, i usually prefer ramen, but it was nice to indulge in udon for once =)

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  6. Mentaiko udon! We missed that in our recent trip. Now can have it here!

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    1. CK: ooo, yeah, whenever i see mentaiko with any type of noodles or pasta, i try to make sure i order it. yummy, ya :D

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    1. Wong: they make it very well here :D

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  8. Gimme that Mentaiko udon! :D

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    1. Kelly: a very worthwhile dish for RM16 =)

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  9. I've "gold coins" - a variation of the usual char siew in my blogpost today...and udon, day before yesterday. Hehehehehe!!!!

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    1. Suituapui: heheh, a cool coincidence. It's fun how there all these variations of cha siu, from fe Chinese cha siu to the Japanese cha siu. And I've never tried the 'gold coins' version before =)

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  10. The udons you had looks yummy!

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    1. Melissa: ya, quite well-made and well-prepared =)

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  11. So near me but I never went cos I'm not a fan of udon! But a reliable source told me this is the same owner/mgmt as Sanuki. I haven't verified the news :)

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    1. Rebecca: ooo, it'll be interesting to check what kind of links they might have with sanuki. the name of the chef here is totally different from sanuki's owner, and there's no explicit mention of any connections, so it's be cool to investigate, heh =)

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  12. Char siu looks good. Certainly a good add on to have with udon!

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    1. Missyblurkit: yeah, my problem with udon dishes is they can seem bland after a few bites, so it sure helps to have some meat to accompany the noodles =)

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  13. I think it may mean I have to go and try it for myself

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    1. Cquek: i hope u enjoy it :D

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