Finding a good bowl of udon noodles in San Diego was a difficult task until a couple of years ago. Tajima in the Convoy area has decent Nabeyaki Udon- I prefer the one across the Mitsuwa Market rather than the original store on Convoy. Then Yumeya opened a couple of years ago in of all places Leucadia about 5 minutes from my home. Its a family run restaurant and their udon is homemade (teuchi), its like having pasta “al dente”, a slight resistence when chewed. Its the best in San Diego. In the summer you can get it cold – its not on the menu though. Their tempura is also good, a good combination with udon.
In the winter, Yumeya serves oden kansai-style, which I prefer. Since the family is from Osaka, their takoyaki is excellent. Actually, everything on their menu is really good…miso butterfish, brown rice salad, koroke, kushi-yaki…
Originally the customers were mostly local, but the word has gotten out about this place and its getting increasingly crowded. We tried to go last Saturday, but there was a 2 hour wait.
On another note, we had really excellent toro sushi at Shirahama this weekend. It was amazing.
I’ve heard of this place but never tried unfortunately because they are not open for lunch. Reading your post made me confirm I need to definitely try this place out. Thanks!