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Gastronomicus Apr 9, 2014 04:25 AM

The ramen thread seems bloated & unrelated, so starting a new thread for this.

I have to add a glowing recommendation for U:Don in the University district, it's a great food experience. Currently they have a seasonal special: tan tan udon that is IMO fabulous. Of course I like me some spicy tan tan (think Aloha Ramen).

Noodles created fresh in front of you, choice of sauce/soup, cold/hot plus additions: green onion, shaved ginger, panko crumbs. They also have a selection of tempura if you want it; it's just OK.

Under $10 for a large order. There's always a long line of Japanese students at lunch <hint>.

Ambience, meh...it's the U district. I take it to go, it is cold after all.

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    HungWeiLo RE: Gastronomicus Apr 9, 2014 11:14 AM

    It's really the only place that entices me to trek over to the U District these days.

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      sweetpotater RE: Gastronomicus Apr 9, 2014 08:42 PM

      I really like their udon. But don't bother with the sad tempura under the heat lamp.

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        mrnelso RE: sweetpotater Apr 9, 2014 11:40 PM

        But do keep an eye peeled for the arrival of fresh tempura, as these were quite tasty, though we recognized our good luck for what it was.

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        andyeats RE: Gastronomicus Apr 10, 2014 12:30 PM

        2nd your recommendation. Absolutely love U:Don. I work nearby and go there almost once a week. Haven't tried the tan tan, but will try it next time. My favorite is the ontama soup.

        @HungWeiLo: Although the majority of eateries on the Ave are mediocre, I have found a few gems, including Chili's South Indian Restaurant, Morsel, and Somtam Thai. The biscuit sandwiches at Morsel are phenomenal.

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          Gastronomicus RE: andyeats Apr 10, 2014 05:53 PM

          Quid pro quo, I absolutely 2nd your recommendations as well. I love Kerala cuisine! People, if you want a food orgasm, try Chili's thali, or a bone-in goat dosa. The matriarch of this place is why it is great.

          I admit I haven't been to Somtam Thai...yet.

          Those biscuits: yum! I sometimes get a couple to go; they'll even keep for a few days, just reheat on low in the oven (NOT microwave, you want that slight outer crunch). I then slather with clotted cream & jam, and snarf with good black tea, purchased online: http://www.uptontea.com

          I've only tried the tan tan cold, with sauce. Last time, I lazily left the empty take-out container on the table overnight - next day the aroma of the (scant) residual sauce in the container made me salivate! Now that's redolent.

          True, the tempura @ U:Don is hit & miss. Like mrnelso said, you've got to catch it when it comes out fresh. Peak hours ensures fast turnover of the tempura, so get in line!

          I found this interesting local article on their ontama, citing some of the ingredients sourced from Japan:

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