Kineya Mugimaru, the Japanese noodle restaurant chain that has 500 sites across Japan, Hong Kong and the US, is making its European debut in London this month.

The restaurant, known for its freshly made udon noodles served in broth and its sides of tempura, will be based at St Pancras International and will open on 14 December.

The group has been brought to the UK by Dong Hyun Kim, founder of restaurant brands Wasabi and Kimchee, and has already announced plans for expansion across the UK, with a second location set to open in Cambridge in spring 2021.

Kineya Mugimaru will have 43 covers and is considered ‘outdoor’, meaning groups of six can meet under current government regulations, with food available for takeaway or dine-in.

Noodles will be made fresh every day, with vegan options, and meat and dairy products from free-range and high-welfare suppliers.

It is the second udon noodle chain to come to the UK, following Marugame Udon, which is backed by current Wasabi backer Capdesia.

Koya in the City and Soho also specialises in udon, which is considered a heathier alternative to ramen noodle soup.