I just had lunch at Sanuki No Sato, at the corner of Western and 182nd. They make fabulous soba and udon and have a number of lunch combiations. I had the Sanuki bento, which was huge and comes with a small udon; a fabulously silky chawan mushi (egg custard) with shrimp, shitaake mushroom and a gingko nut hiding at the bottom; sashimi, wonderfully light shrimp and vegetable tempura; rice sprinkled with red shiso powder; a small piece of grilled fish; rolled tamago (omelette); salmon roe and grated daikon; and tsumono (pickles). My companions ordered the nanbankan combination, a large plate of marinated, sauteed thinly-sliced beef and vegetables, with rice, tsumono, and a small udon, as well as a pork katsu and beef curry combination.
Everything was delicious, and the place was packed, mostly with Japanese people. The guy next to us had a fabulous-looking spread of soba and grilled whole mackerel pike. I'll definitely be back to try more of their food.
Sanuki No Sato
18206 S. Western Ave.