Located near the Yonge and Finch intersection is one of the best udon shops in Toronto (you can't miss the electric Menami sign over huge reclaimed doors on the corner of the street). They make their udon fresh from scratch and served traditional and fusion style
I ordered the Kake Udon with Chicken Thigh Tempura, served with cold soup. I've never had udon in cold soup before but it was incredibly refreshing. The cold soup was very similar to the soba sauce for soba noodles but I liked the texture of the udon much more. I also liked how the chicken thigh was warm over the cold noodles and although it was fried well, I think it could've been better if they added a creative twist to the chicken.
My friend ordered the Spicy Seaweed Ankake Udon which was served in thick soup. She said the first few bites were really good but near the end, the soup became too thick. The soup is essentially the same as the Kake Udon that I had ordered, just thickened.
This probably wasn't the best dish to get but while we were sitting down, we saw a lot of people order the shrimp tempura udon (the one that comes in a box) and we would definitely come back to try that!
They also offer a wide variety of cocktails and beers (yes, that is Japanese beer on tap) and of course, sake.
5469 Yonge Street