YAY! After years of sushi dominance, when we (at the shores of Vistula river) all thought that the Japanese eat sushi for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (and for a midnight snack) we have finally discovered the depth and richness of Japanese cuisine. And in Warsaw the depth and richness comes in the form of udon at Uki Uki.
It’s one of simplest dishes in Japan. And one of the most popular (apart from ramen, which might be considered a national dish). Wheat noodles served cold or hot with a sauce for dipping. You can eat it plain and marvel about the fact that simple noodles can have so much taste. Or you can order various tempuras (veggies, mushrooms, shrimp). And a must for dessert – matcha ice cream, prepared from powdered green tea which is used during the Japanese tea ceremony. This ice cream is the essence of the Japanese summer to me (even in winter!).
Not only is the udon as delicious as it’s in Japan, it’s also made by a professional Japanese chef on the spot! In the same way as it would in a small udon-ya squeezed in between temples in Kyoto or under the train viaducts in Tokyo – you can observe how the noodles are prepared from scratch and then boiled in a huge (HUGE!) pot.
Prices are also similar to Japan – you won’t go bankrupt here.
It can get quite crowded, sometimes you need to wait, but the manager will take good care of you.