Daisuke Udon

A great place for udon with friends and family

Tony Mariani
By Tony Mariani   - 3 min read

Daisuke Udon is a restaurant off the beaten path in Matsuyama. If you enjoy udon, then this is a place to visit. It’s not a traditional sort of restaurant where you sit down and order, then they bring you your food. At Daisuke Udon, you can select the amount of udon you want to eat and then customize the order with toppings and side dishes to complement your meal, as you want.

When you first enter the restaurant, you line up in a queue where the udon is. The udon is cooked ahead of time but you can warm it up in a hot water bath. It only takes a minute until the udon is piping hot. After the water bath, you can select how big a serving you want. Usually just one serving is enough but if you are especially hungry (or just love udon) you can add more to your order. There are different size bowls to accommodate your udon order. If in doubt, go for a medium size bowl.

After you select the udon, a large ladle of broth is poured in your bowl for you to slurp your udon with. You move down the line then you can choose your toppings and side dishes. The food is made fresh daily and there is quite a selection to choose from. You can pick anything from pork cutlets, fried chicken, shrimp tempura, fried fish cakes, pickled veggies, bean sprouts, etc. The great thing about this selection is that you can use them as toppings or side dishes. There is no wrong way to eat udon as long as you enjoy it!

Daisuke Udon is a family-style restaurant. It is impeccably clean and well lit. The restaurant is decorated in Uwajima Ushi-oni Matsuri festival decorations. That is because the home of the restaurant chain resides in Uwajima and was founded in 1897 and 1917 (this is Japan where there are two names for everything and two dates for everything else that does not have two names).

The food is great, freshly prepared, inexpensive and the atmosphere is quiet but friendly. It’s non-smoking too. If you want a great place to eat udon at an affordable price with a family atmosphere, this is the place to go. I highly recommend Daisuke Udon.

Name in Japanese
大介うどん — Daisuke Udon

Tony Mariani

Tony Mariani @tony.mariani

An American married to a lovely woman from Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture. I first visited Japan in 1995 on business and have loved Japan and the Japanese since then. When in Japan, live like the Japanese and embrace their culture with respect and admiration.