Restaurant Peek: Udon Kaisha
191 W South Boulder Rd. Lafayette, CO 80026
Tel: 720.665.1712

Sun, Mon, Wed, Thurs: 11am to 9pm Fri & Sat: 11am to 9:30pm
Closed Tuesday


Nestled in an unassuming strip mall in Lafayette, Udon Kaisha Japanese Noodle and Sushi has been converting local residents into ramen lovers since the restaurant opened two years ago.

Udon Kaisha, which is one of the only places to satisfy cravings for Japanese fare in Lafayette, serves up udon or ramen noodles in traditional miso and shoyu soup bases. The eatery’s affordably priced menu also features rice bowls, curries and fried rice, as well as traditional and special sushi rolls.

“I wanted to introduce the noodles to people in this area,” says Mindy Lim, Udon Kaisha’s owner. “We are slowly educating people about the different soups.”

Lim says many Americans still think of “ramen” as the packaged instant meal, but Udon Kaisha’s authentic noodle soup recipes are bringing awareness to the area about the Japanese comfort food. A brief introduction to Japanese noodles and soups is included in every menu to aid in the ordering process, and the staff is also happy to help select a dish.

If you’re craving a spicy, flavorful broth, try the Nabeyaki Udon, which has thick and chewy (yet soft) wheat noodles in a clay pot accented with delicious shrimp tempura, chicken, fish cake, shitake mushroom, napa cabbage, green onions and egg.

First-timers looking to try a classic should order the House Special Ramen, which features thin, long, Chinese-style noodles in a miso or shoyu soup base with egg, braised pork (chasu), seaweed, bean sprouts and green beans.

For a special treat, ask for the Crunchy Tiger sushi roll, which is a delicious eye-pleasing combination of shrimp tempura, cream cheese, tempura crunch, eel sauce and spicy mayo. Other tempting rolls include the Bangkok Roll (spicy tuna, jalapeno, cilantro and salmon topped with super white tuna) and the Firecracker Roll (spicy tuna and avocado wrapped and deep fried, served with masago, scallion and sweet soy).

Because it’s a sign that you’re enjoying your food, Udon Kaisha encourages noodle slurping, so let your hair down and enjoy.


Shoyu Udon Noodles $7.50
Shrimp tempura, fish cake and spinach

Nabeyaki Udon Noodles $11
Shrimp tempura, chicken, fish cake, shitake mushroom, napa cabbage, green onions and egg served in clay pot

Spicy Pork Ramen $8
Egg, spicy ground pork, seaweed, been sprouts and green onions

Katsu Chicken $10
With rice, steamed broccoli, zucchini, carrots and mushrooms

Spicy Kani Roll $5
Crab stick, cucumber and spicy mayo

Boston Roll $5
Shrimp, cucumber, avocado and spicy mayo