Mills 50 is set to welcome an exciting addition to its culinary landscape with the upcoming opening of Zaru, a brand new handmade Japanese udon shop. Brought to you by restaurateurs Jimmy and Johnny Tung, recently nominated for a James Beard award for Outstanding Restaurateur, Zaru promises to deliver fresh made noodles in a casual, sit-down setting.
Located at 1114 E. Colonial Drive, Zaru’s 25-seat dining room and open kitchen will neighbor Vietnamese cornerstone Tien Hung Market. Designed by Make Studios, the udon shop marks the first of several innovative concepts planned for the expansive 10,000 square foot market.
“We wanted to carry on the 500-year-old noodle making tradition. Traveling throughout Japan earlier this year, I loved how the udon tasted there, and wanted to bring that experience back to Florida. We’re sourcing premium udon flour, and working with a local Japanese company for custom equipment from the Kagawa region,” says Johnny.
Zaru is named after the shallow bamboo basket used to prepare udon noodles in Japanese cuisine. The concept will allow guests to enjoy scratch-made Sanuki style udon noodles, and the menu will feature an array of specialties including housemade crab gyoza, zaru udon, ikura shiso udon, and Edo style tempura. Cold noodle dishes, and a curated selection of Japanese beers and sake will also be offered as a welcome relief to the Florida heat.
“Everyone enjoys udon a little differently so we’re also giving guests the ability to craft their own bowls,” says Johnny of the customizable options that will be available on the menu.
Zaru will be open daily for lunch and dinner. Zaru is anticipating an opening date this September 2023. Follow @Zarufl on Instagram for the latest updates.