Marugame Monzo Brings Handmade Udon Downtown

Monzo's Mentai squid butter udon.; Credit: Anne FishbeinMonzo's Mentai squid butter udon.; Credit: Anne Fishbein

Monzo, which opened in March in Little Tokyo in the space that used to be Fat Spoon, is aiming a little higher, both with its style of udon and the level of service. It’s sit-down and upscale, at least for a noodle joint, with black, lacquered tables and a feel that’s downright sleek. In this way, Monzo bridges the gap between L.A.’s high-end Japanese restaurants and the low-rent ramen shops that were here even before the current noodle craze.

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