What’s on the menu at Zen Sanuki Udon, a new Japanese noodle house in Scarborough
Name: Zen Sanuki Udon
Contact: 3720 Midland Ave., 416-881-8899, zensanukiudon.com, @zensanukiudonrestaurant
Chef-owner: Seiichi Kashiwabara (Zen Japanese Restaurant)
Accessibility: Accessible entrance and washroom
Even with over 40 years of experience making Japanese food, it still took Kashiwabara 10 years to save for an udon-making machine and undergo official training before he was able to introduce it to the Toronto market. Available in two thicknesses, in hot or cold broth, the house-made noodles are prepared daily using wheat imported from Sanuki, a province in Kagawa prefecture known for growing Japan’s best wheat. The noodles come with toppings like pork belly, duck breast, fresh salmon roe with grated daikon radish, shrimp tempura and onsen tamago (a soft-cooked egg). Coming soon: wagyu beef and wagyu suji (simmered tendon).
A liquor license is pending, but once approved the bar will serve a couple of Japanese beers and sake.
The light and airy space has an open kitchen that permits curious guests to watch the udon-making process.