Mitsuwa Marketplace

Noodles are a popular choice at the food court.

Noodles are a popular choice at the food court.

We trekked out to Arlington Heights over the weekend to browse the aisles of Mitsuwa Marketplace and to grab a bit of lunch at the food court. Even though Mitsuwa is a Japanese chain, they have Korean and Chinese shops in their court yard as well as hamburgers and ice cream. Looking around the food court, most patrons came for the steaming ramen or cheap sushi.

The udon noodles with prawns were served brutally hot and came with a side of pickles.

The udon noodles with prawns were served brutally hot and came with a side of pickles.

One of the problems with the food court is that almost all of the food stations are cash only. However, the sushi station is run by the grocery store, so you can grab some sushi and then go through the check-out line before joining your friends. I like to do this because it gives me a chance to pick-up one of the many odd-ball drinks from their beverage cooler. My favorites are the fruit sodas sealed with glass marbles that you’re supposed to pushed into the bottle. Rattle + drink, what could be better?

A variety-pack of sushi is priced to sell but isn't the best quality available.

A variety-pack of sushi is priced to sell but isn't the best quality available.

You should definitely eat at the food court first even though the food quality is about the same as an American food court. Eat so you don’t load your shopping cart full of Strawberry Pocky, salty snacks with dried fish or value packs of miso soup.

Mitsuwa | Shrimp Dumpings The shrimp dumpings were a little bland, but much better than a Happy Meal.

Mitsuwa | Shrimp Dumpings The shrimp dumpings were a little bland, but much better than a Happy Meal.

In addition to Japanese housewares and kitchen staples, Mitsuwa has an excellent selection of seafood and produce. We have it on good authority, however, that Tensuke Market in Elk Grove has fresher fish. It’s a short drive away from Mitsuwa so you owe it to yourself to do a side-by-side comparison.

Mitsuwa Marketplace
100 E Algonquin Rd
Arlington Hts, IL 60005-4618

Tensuke Market
3 Arlington Heights Rd.
Elk Grove Village, IL

  1. JamesH left a comment on June 23, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    “… the food quality is about the same as an American food court …”
    Good God. That is SO not true.

  2. Anonymous left a comment on June 24, 2009 at 10:26 am

    That first picture is definitely NOT ramen — it’s Buckwheat soba.

  3. Tammy left a comment on June 24, 2009 at 11:12 am

    Oops, thanks!

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