Hello, Marugame Udon.
I dropped by the newest Japanese udon joint around 1pm so I was able to avoid the lunch queue.
The set up of the restaurant is similar to a cafeteria where you order as you walk along the long counter and pay before heading to your table. I found it a pain though since I was carrying so many stuff with me and I could not just leave it unattended. I ended up carrying my laptop bag, photo box, tripod and props bag while pushing my tray from the noodle area to the cashier.
I decided to go with a regular bowl of Chicken Paitan Udon (PHP200) which is their second bestselling dish. I didn't order anything else as this was my lunch number two for the day.
Service was very quick as I got my bowl of Chicken Paitan in less than 2 minutes. I quickly paid for my bowl and sat nearest the counter as my shoulders were about to give up.
I didn't bother to put condiments as I want to taste my order in its purest form. And it was... bland with a bit of peppery taste.
Though the udon had nice texture and the chicken was cooked to perfection, the bowl lacked taste that will make me want more. The most flavorful piece in the bowl was the boiled egg. I love lightly flavored dishes but this one barely had any flavor.
I guess I should have put some condiments after all. But I was too lazy to get some near the counter. Maybe some spring onions would have added some taste to it.
I got a bite of its karaage from A's order and it was good. For its pocket friendly price of PHP90, I wouldn't mind pairing this with my noodles.
I'll swing by again and try its affordable rice bowls next time and hopefully, it would be more flavorful.