Tustin, CA: TANAKAYA Japanese Soba Restaurant

Established in 1948 (in Japan), this tiny restaurant is tucked away next to Shout, a karaoke place, in a non descript strip mall with a huge parking lot.  I discovered this place on yelp when I was craving udon noodles.

Don’t expect this place to have the speediest service. They even tell you on the menu that they take their time.  Their menu specializes in soba and udon noodles, served hot or cold, along with some rice dishes and small bite food like chicken karaage (basically fried chicken nuggets).  Karen chose the udon with chicken karaage, while I selected the combination kitsune (fried tofu) udon, and the toji don (shrimp rice) bowl.

Plenty of noodles in both bowls. We left very satisfied. Worth the wait? I think so.

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