If you’re looking for Honolulu restaurants that specialize in delicious homemade Japanese Noodles, we have two for you to try that will also save you money on your Hawaii vacation. Our longtime favorite cheap eats Honolulu has been Jimbo for its thick, chewy and fluffy Udon. Once you have a table you’ll be served a hearty bowl quickly. More recently, we continue to return to another standout noodle place getting rave reviews from all. It’s a Waikiki restaurant named Marukame Udon. That is listed by review sites as among the most popular restaurants in Hawaii.
Both cheap eats Honolulu noodle shops can have a wait to get in with Marukame being the longest. Even at 2 pm we had to stand outside for nearly a half hour. That’s how popular this restaurant is. But it is well organized and the line moves fast.
At Marukame you’ll see the noodle making process as soon as you enter with steam rising from the kitchen. See those thick udon noodles get rolled out, cut into strips and boiled right in front of your eyes. Unlike Jimbo, where you are served at a table, here you’ll grab a tray and walk through a cafeteria style line of incredible food prep and value. Once you select your choice of noodles, pick your favorite accompaniments of assorted tempura and musubi (rice balls), add sauces and you’re set.
Speaking of Waikiki food deals, both have value to offer. We had a large meal for two at Marukame for about $20. That’s about $5 less than Jimbo’s which is located a mile from Waikiki.
If you go to Marukame you’ll find yourself immersed in authentic Japanese atmosphere. They run an efficient operation too with their in-charge table monitor. She made sure each party sat at tables for their size and did not linger. At Jimbo, by contrast, you put your name on a list if busy. Once seated, it is a cozy environment and you’ll find no rush to leave.
In Honolulu, you’ll find Jimbo located at 1936 S King Street. Marukame Udon is located at 2310 Kuhio Avenue and at 1104 Fort Street Mall. You’ll also now find Marukame Udon in Southern California and San Francisco.
Try both places and let us know which cheap eats Honolulu you like best.
Beat of Hawaii photo at Marukame Udon.