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Oct 20, 2009 08:44 PM

Honolulu/Oahu--udon and/or soba joint?

Anyone have recommendations for some good soba and/or udon places in Honolulu or on Oahu?

I looked at a few posts and Jimbo's on King St was mentioned, but the last post was in 2006. Matsugen was mentioned for soba in a 2008 post.

Mega bonus points if they're handmade and fresh!


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  1. We've always liked Tokkuri-Tei for Udon (and sushi as well).

    1. I'll make the recommendation for Jimbo's a 2009 version. Homemade broth, think the noodles are as well.

      A couple-three trendy Tokyo udon spots have opened in the last year, but haven't tried them. Honolulu Magazine had a story on them, recall they were primarily in the Waikiki area, thus seemingly focused on Japanese tourists.

      Jimbo's is very Honolulu and seems to draw its own steady stream of Japanese tourists as well as plenty of locals. We especially like it during "cool winter weather" when it's only in the high 70's.

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      1. re: MRMoggie

        Thanks to all for your recommendations! Looks like Jimbo, Yamagen, Rai Rai Ramen and Yagura are going on our list.

        Do you remember the names of the places in the Waikiki area? We're staying down there.

      2. Second Jimbo a very good udon shop, as MRMoggie says, popular with locals and Japanese nationals who live and work in Honolulu. My wife had an excellent nabeyaki udon at Maguro-ya in Kaimuki. A bit on the pricey side and not loaded with ingredients, basic but very tasty and well done.

        1. Unlike a lot of places, most japanese restaurants in honolulu don't specialize. In other words you can get soba, udon, tempura, and teriyaki at the same place.

          Yamagen on S. King has good soba, so does Yagura on Liliha. There are also a couple of ramen places on Keeamoku, just wish i could remember the name. Rai Rai Ramen in Kapahulu also has good Udon if I remember correctly, curiousgeo can correct me I'm sure.

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          1. re: KaimukiMan

            Hey KM, actually I didn't pay attention to whether Rai Rai serves udon. I knew what I was going to order ahead of time, the tonkotsu ramen, so didn't bother studying the rest of the menu carefully.

            daantaat, Jimbo and Yamagen are both on King Street, a short drive from Waikiki. Rai Rai Ramen is also a short drive away on Kapahulu Avenue, which is on the Diamond Head side of Waikiki, in the opposite direction.

              1. re: daantaat

                Kahala Sushi @ Zippy's in Kahala - believe it or not: Udon and Green Soba -excellent! Love it when I crave it!