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San Francisco udon hotspot brings its noodles to Mountain View

Uploaded: Sep 4, 2020
Fresh, handmade udon noodles are the name of the game at Udon Mugizo, a San Francisco restaurant that expanded this week to downtown Mountain View.

Udon Mugizo opened Tuesday for outdoor dining and takeout at 180 Castro St., the former home of hot pot restaurant Shabuway.

Udon Mugizo serves many variations of fresh udon noodles. Photo via Instagram.

Carlos Herrador, executive vice president of franchise operations for the company that owns Udon Mugizo, said they wanted to bring a dedicated udon restaurant to Mountain View.

"There are a lot of restaurants in this area but no udon restaurants in the area," he said. (A few miles away in Palo Alto, Taro San Japanese Noodle Bar specializes in udon noodles.)

Udon Mugizo serves numerous styles of udon, including tonkotsu udon with chashu and egg, nabeyaki udon, curry udon and several kinds of cold udon. Mugizo's "signature" udon is served with cream sauces, including the one that Herrador said "people always ask for": udon swimming in an uni-based cream sauce, uni, parmesan cheese, shiso, green onions and nori. All of the noodles are made in house, as well as soba noodles, and can be customized with toppings such as fish cakes, vegetable tempura and pork belly.

The menu also includes gyoza, takoyaki, donburi (rice bowls) and tempura.

The Mountain View restaurant is open daily from 11:30 a.m to 2 p.m. and 5:30-10 p.m. Udon Mugizo will soon add delivery, Herrador said.

Udon Mugizo is run by the same owner of Marufuku Ramen in San Francisco, which is also expanding to the Peninsula soon. Marufuku is set to open in downtown Redwood City in October, Herrador said. They're also planning to open another Udon Mugizo in the San Jose area next year.

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Posted by Dan Waylonis, a resident of Jackson Park,
on Sep 4, 2020 at 3:30 pm

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Sounds great! I look forward to trying it out. There are some very positive Yelp reviews.

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Posted by Nayeli, a resident of Midtown,
on Sep 5, 2020 at 9:01 pm

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This sounds delicious! Thank you for informing us of these things, Elena!

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Posted by Kristine, a resident of Mountain View,
on Sep 11, 2020 at 7:54 am

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Hi Elena, do you happen to know if Udon Mugizo offers any gluten free noodles?

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Posted by Elena Kadvany, a resident of another community,
on Sep 11, 2020 at 7:57 am

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Hi Kristine: If their soba noodles are 100% buckwheat, that could be an option! I'd call and ask.

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Posted by Bill Stewart, a resident of Mountain View,
on Sep 12, 2020 at 11:23 pm

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According to the questions Udon Mugizo on Yelp, they don't have anything gluten-free, and they don't have any vegetarian broths for the noodles.

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