Sunday, 6 January 2013

Shoryu Ramen

After 5 + City Pig’s summary

Japanese ramen noodles
From £8 a bowl of noodles.
·         Healthy scale 4/5
Freshly brewed stock with no added MSG.
·         4.5/5 – Food
·         3.5/5 – Service
·         4/5 - Value
·         4.5/5 – Overall rating
·         Quick eats
·         Casual dining
·         Ramen lovers
9 Regent Street, SW1Y 4LR
Opening times
Mon to Sat 11am-3:30pm; 5pm to 11pm; Sundays and bank holidays close at 10pm. Nearest tube: Picadilly Circus.
Eat in/Takeaway:
Recommended dishes & drinks
·         Pick any of the ramen noodles.
·         Soft shell crab.
·         Pick the different types of teas like soba cha or go for a plum wine.
Vegetarian dishes
Suitable for Vegetarians only on side dishes as all ramen stock contains pork.
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One of the best ramen noodle restaurant I have been to in London. I have long to find one in London that actually does good quality ramen. This is a must visit for ramen lovers. There is an interesting range of ramen noodles and sides to choose from. Highly authentic and excellent tea range to complement.


After 5 + City Pig’s analysis

For those that have kept up with the latest restaurant openings, would have realised that three was a surge of ramen joints opening in the last quarter of the year.

I was highly excited to be able to try some authentic ramen noodles which are usually poorly imitated in London.

Shoryu ramen brings exactly this – authentic Japanese ramen noodles. The stock of the tonkotsu is bursting with flavour but is not too thick or thin. I tried the Shoryu tonkotsu which has the miso added into the pork broth. The pork is tender and still delicious in taste. The noodles are firm and not too soft. All the flavours come together as you take a bite and slurp some soup.

The portion is fairly generous and I had noticed I was very full compared with the other competitors I have tried. The soup given, is enough to cover the ramen noodles.

There are some different and interesting sides but I could not try any tofu that day as they had ran out. However, the soft shell crab was crisp, crunchy and sweet. The gyozas were a bit disappointing as it was soft and soggy inside. I would not recommend having this. However, the wakame salad was fresh and refreshing.

The owners obviously wanted to bring as much Japanese culture as possible, as you walk in you will be greeted loudly with welcome in Japanese (irrashiaimase) and a loud gong noise. I found this quite amusing and gives the restaurant some character which can often be lacking in Asian restaurants.

This is a small ramen restaurant and no bookings allowed so get here early to avoid waiting. Overall, I highly recommend and will be coming here again for sure.


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