Majority of my dining company have gained tremendous patience over the meetups, fully accepting and embracing the fact that consumption of food items after their immediate arrival is not permitted on my watch. (With the hangry folk, I tend to quicken the process by a few notches to keep everyone pleasant.) While they don't necessarily share my intentions nor passion, I am grateful for their ongoing respect.
That being said, it's especially pleasant when your partner-in-crime engages in the same photo-taking activities as you and possesses a similar palate.
Seeing as I had tried both Fish and Pork Katsu on my first visit, I had a strong desire to test whether the restaurant's udon met the same, full-flavoured qualifications.
Cream Curry Udon was the first item that caught my eye; it took me a few seconds to register the "Not Available" label, sigh in disappointment, and continue flipping through the menu.
Similar to the previous visit, miso soup was delivered within minutes of ordering. Shortly following were a Stainless steel water jug and two stout handleless mugs. Cool, lime-infused water was a welcome alternative to steaming cups of hot water given the now warmer outside temperatures.
They were definitely substantial, both in terms of size and level of satiation. While definitely not for the faint of heart (quite literally in this case), the potentially artery-clogging bar bite offered a welcome cheesiness to our meal.
The crisp exterior contrasted well with the rather mushy potato mash - something that I wasn't quite fond of. Admittedly, it would have nice to find a bit more texture in the crabmeat itself, or even a greater cheese to potato mash ratio for added ooze factor. The croquette (or コロッケ) remained a great item for sharing, albeit not the most ideal thing to devour on an empty stomach.
At some point during the meal, a petite waitress began to serve us as well. Her textured Jeon Soyeon ponytail and impressive eye makeup were the two factors I took notice of first, however it was the amicable nature and prompt responses to my request radish she displayed later that kept a lingering impression.
Due to the udon dish's heaviness, the small side dish of yellow pickled radish that accompanied it was rapidly depleted. My request for a radish refill resulted in a slightly larger dish of thinly-shaved pink radish, which boasted a sweeter finish than the former.
These woes were later drowned in a box of discount Skinny Pepero on the return trip.