Oh, go on, Den! – Den Udon restaurant


Yesterday I went to my first ever restaurant press night at Den Udon and was not disappointed. Newly-opened in the King’s Cross area in London, this delightful restaurant caters to all tastes and is refreshingly cheap. Whether it’s sake, edamame, tempura or udon, there’ll be plenty on the menu you want to try.

As this was a launch night, there were plenty of dishes to sample and I selflessly did my duty as a blogger by trying everything on offer so I could bring you an image-heavy, mouth-watering blog this week. We’ll start with the tsumami (small plates) which range from £2.50 to £6. I’m warning you, it’ll be hard to limit yourself to just one!

Pickled seasonal vegetables

Pickled seasonal vegetables

Seasonal vegetables in sesame sauce

Seasonal vegetables in sesame sauce

Never seen these before! Udon pretzel!

Never seen these before! Udon pretzel!

Vegetable tempura - the sweet potato one was delicious!

Vegetable tempura – the sweet potato one was delicious!

Prawn tempura - these were my favourite!

Prawn tempura – these were my favourite!

Kara-age chicken - always a winner!

Kara-age chicken – always a winner!

Red wine stewed pork belly - these didn't last long!

Red wine stewed pork belly – these didn’t last long!

It’s easy to say ‘everything was delicious’ but, well, I’m going to say it. All of the umami were very fresh and done just right. I spent a lot of time just saying ‘that’s bl**dy gorgeous!’ and the portions were very generous, so there was plenty to go around. I had my fair share of the kara-age chicken and sweet potato tempura, and will definitely be getting these again.

There were also cute little bowls of duck donburi (meat on rice) making the rounds and I didn’t waste time grabbing one! The only reason I didn’t eat the whole thing was I knew the rice would line my stomach, and I had to save myself for the udon!

Little donburi bowls!

Little donburi bowls!

Moving on to the thing you’re all dying to know about… the udon! As you may already know, udon noodles are thick Japanese buckwheat noodles and are served in either a white or black (soy sauce-based) broth. There were big bowls of clam and mizuna udon in white broth, which I wolfed down despite my rapidly-filling stomach. If there’s only one thing you get at Den Udon – it should be this. That broth was absolutely heavenly! Perfect for slurping action.

Udon of the gods

Udon of the gods

It didn’t stop there with the noodles! Den Udon also serve cold udon noodles with a variety of sauces. There was one with sesame on offer but I was so full by this point I couldn’t eat much! I think cold udon is meant to be eaten more in the hot weather (we get that in Britain, right?) but it’s great to know the menu is so diverse.

Cold udon noodles in sesame sauce

Cold udon noodles in sesame sauce

But the fun didn’t stop there! I received a tip-off that Den Udon had Japanese toilets and might have gone ‘OH MY GOD WHERE?’ As you probably know, Japanese toilets are futuristic and magic and this was the first time I’d heard of them being in Britain. So, my friend and I ran downstairs and proceeded to take photos of the toilet bowl and playing with the buttons. What’s wrong with me? The hipster boy and girl on the doors were hilarious too.

Futuristic squirty action!

Futuristic squirty action!

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As you’ve probably guessed by now, I loved Den Udon and I’ll definitely be back! I’m very grateful that I was invited and got to try so much of their delicious food and I really hope those of you reading will go too. There’s no shortage of udon restaurants in London but this is my new favourite. I’ll definitely be going back soon!

Also, because I have a few photos to spare, here’s a mini slideshow:

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