Last night, two of us went for traditional udon in SF Japantown. Following the recommendations on this board, and enthusiastic supporting comments from Japanese visiting scholars (of biomedicine, not restaurant food), we walked into Sanuki Udon.
First finding, and one we expected would change during our meal -- we were the only patrons in this nice space. I presume that our attentive and gracious service would have been extended to a crowd.
Second finding, and I hope this will always hold true -- each dish was great! Fresh, handmade noodles were tasty and maintained texture throughout our well-flavored bowls of soup. We both ordered tempura udon, and found the shrimp and vegetables were superb in delicate frying and served on white-paper lined bamboo trays alongside the bowls of noodles, fishcake slices, and green onion toppings.
For appetizers, we enjoyed oshitashi, agedashi dofu, and chicken karaage. These were served in traditional, small portions -- presented with restrained elegant style.
Few of the businesses in Japantown, and I think only Benihana of all the restaurants, had many customers. We arrived at about 6 o'clock -- concerned about lines and waiting. We left feeling concerned that such low volume might foretell business closings.
For one, Sanuki Udon, I make an urgent recommendation -- please go try their food soon. I sincerely hope you will like it as much as we did last night.
22 Peace Plz, San Francisco, CA 94115