I don’t have the best sense of direction, but when someone creates a shopping mall like that of Elements in Kowloon, they’re really asking for it. Hundreds of shoppers walking around trying to navigate the Fire, Wood, Earth, Metal and Water zones, every part looking the same- it’s STRESSFUL. It shouldn’t be this hard to get my cup of coffee, but where is Starbucks? Your guess is as good as mine. You need a PhD to work out the floor plan.
Luckily for me, I know the location of exactly… 2 places. The 360 supermarket and Inaniwa Udon Nabe. The former because it’s big and it’s near the MTR, the latter, because it’s the only place that friends who work in ICC know how to get to. And also because it’s too much effort to retrain the brain to navigate to another part of Elements for food.
I know one should never judge a whole restaurant on the basis of one or two dishes, or one bowl of noodles. But I’m gonna judge. If the only place you can get to in Elements serves awful food, I would cry but fortunately, Inaniwa serves a cracking bowl of beef udon (eaten several times, never get bored) and my latest love is their tomato and pork bone hot soup with Japanese pork. Delicious. A large bowl with generous portions of meat and a fantastic flavoursome soup base. Slurp.They serve nabe, a Japanese version of steamboat. I’ve yet to try but I have several more bowls of the same udon to go through before I move onto the next dish on the menu. Their menu is well laid out and comprehensive with a good choice of nabe, udon- hot or cold, as well as appetisers and small dishes like grilled eggplant.
So if you’re an Udon fan, and can stomach the walk of eternity from Central station across to HK station to get to Elements, then stop by for some snacks at 360 (in case you get lost) and visit Inaniwa. You could probably nap there if you like, takes ages to find your way out again….it’s on the 2nd floor of the Fire zone.
Chopstixfix rating: 3.5/5 (on just the 2 bowls of udon)
Inaniwa Udon Nabe Japanese Restaurant, Shop 2002, Fire Zone, Level 2, Elements, 1 Austin Road West, TST, Kowloon. Tel: 2196 8989