Thursday, June 1, 2017
Price: 620 yen
Payment: Credit cards accepted
Dishes: Ginger pork don udon set
English Menu: Digital via Q-code
Smoking: No - but directly across from the open doors is a large smoking area that wafts into the restaurant
Sanuki is a small standing restaurant located in a tunnel that goes through a block near Chuo station. I noticed a couple of restaurants here the other day when I went through and figured I should come back and give them a try.
Sanuki is an udon restaurant, so expect lots of udon dishes. I wasn't feeling the udon too much so I went for a ginger pork don, which then came with a side of udon. The udon was ok, nicely chewy. I just don't love it for some reason. From the menu and pictures online it appears they make a mean curry udon if that's your thing.
The menu is available outside and there is a fake food display to help, but it's all in Japanese. There is a Q-code available that advertises the menu in other languages and they take credit cards, so it's pretty high tech for a hole in the wall. But it is definitely a hole in the wall, almost literally. As you stand around the bar area you can see back into the kitchen and see the bare concrete floor and drainage. It's not a pleasant experience...but very back alley.
The food I had was ok, not amazing, but then I didn't go for the classic udon dishes either. Seems like a good spot to bring someone looking for a bit of older, grittier Japan.