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Ate: Kake Udon with Beef (basically Udon with teriyaki type beef) and tonkatsu
The Udon here is good, it has that hand made texture which makes it springier (even if it is made by a machine on site).
Beef Kake soup and beef were passable albeit unspectacular. A bit of a shame to have such good udon with mediocre soup. Tonkatsu was ok in hindsight not really necessary.
Apparently the Udon with dipping sauce or the one served in a steamer (if they're different) are good. Should try next time.
Watch for the condiments bench we missed it on this visit accidentally.
Is it Menya Group???
So...initially we thought the Menya Group had grown tired of taking 90% of our CBD Japanese food spend and decided to extend to taking our Japanese food spend in Chatswood too. After all the menu, ordering, help yourself to whatever tempura you want and branding are all similar to (or exactly the same as) Mappen.
But apparently Marukame is a brand of Toridoll, a Japanese multinational with "Marugame" stores in Hawaii, Korea, Thailand, Russia and Hong Kong (their market research must've showed that Australians wouldn't be able to handle the "G" so switched it to a "K" for our benefit).
This poses an interesting question, is the head of Menya ex-Toridoll or "paying homage" to the Toridoll modus operandi? The similarities are far too striking.