Even without the usual queue by the entrance, the noodles bar is far from empty. Every one of the utilitarian wooden chairs and tables were filled with diners slurping away at their udon. Well, maybe not slurping but there were definitely a sense of excitement and buzz among the lunchers. On either side of the stripped down and understated room were clean, simple wooden menus hung along the entire length of the walls. I was immediately greeted by a waitress, with a tiny hint of a bow.
'For one? Hai! These way please,' and with a smile, I was led straight through to the back of the room where there was a bench and counter overlooking the lively kitchen. I quickly parked myself on the bench and navigated the menu.
One good thing about sitting by the kitchen is definitely the chance to ogle at the chef doing their thing and it's no different here. Each station had a specialist chef and there was a harmonious sycronisation as they waltz along preparing each bowl of steaming udon. The broth were prepared and passed over to the next chef; hot, freshly cooked udon was then ladled with the steaming broth and individual toppings.
The meal cost £19.36 with 10% service charge and as for the bottle of filtered water, it's free. I left sated and happy.
49 Frith Street
(Lunch 12-3pm and dinner 5.30pm-10pm)