One of Japan’s most popular udon shops is set to land in Carrollton later this month.
Marugame Udon, the Tokyo-based restaurant chain that focuses on chewy, tender Sanuki-style udon noodles, will open August 31 at 3450 E. Hebron Parkway. The company, which has more than 1,000 locations worldwide, is considered the largest udon restaurant chain in the world, according to a press release. The Carrollton spot is the first of several locations planned for Texas in the next year.
Marugame expanded to the United States a decade ago, when its flagship location in Waikiki gained fame for udon noodles made in the style popular in Japan’s Sanuki region — thicker, bouncier noodles paired with rich broths and savory sauces. In addition to udon, the restaurant serves up fresh tempura, katsu sandos, and chargrilled meats, all prepared in an exhibition kitchen where diners can watch the noodles being made by hand.
The menu at Marugame’s Carrollton location will feature four new katsu sandos: a kobe beef cheeseburger with house-made slaw, a Spam and cheese katsu, an egg salad sando, and a crispy chicken katsu. The restaurant will also serve organic sake and Japanese beer.
Marugame Udon is being brought to Dallas in part by Mark Brezinski, who is also known for co-founding Pei Wei Asian Diner, Velvet Taco, Banh Shop, and other area restaurants. A second DFW location is expected to open in Old Town on Greenville Avenue later this fall, with more restaurants planned for Dallas and Houston in the next two years.