Situated in a quiet street in Soho, near Chinatown, lies Shoryu Ramen – now one of six London locations. A chain of Japenese restaurants who aim to bring the more hearty tonkotsu to London. The menu here is inspired by the cuisines in the south of Japan, and mainly focused around Hakata tonkotsu ramen – a thick, rich, white pork soup served with thin ramen noodles.
I’d heard a lot of great thing about Shoryu before Serena and I went, and their set menu definitely persuaded me to book here instead of other ramen joints in the West-End (two couses and a cocktail for £22).
To start, the buns. A chicken karaage for me, and a Halloumi and shimeji mushroom for Serena. The ratio of filling to pillowy goodness was spot on, and when fried chicken is never not delicious!?
Just as we finished devouring our buns, steaming bowls of noodles arrived in front of us. We both opted for their famous tonkotsu, which is a 12-hour pork broth, topped with char siu barbecue pork belly, nitamago egg, kikurago mushrooms, spring onions, seasame seeds, ginger and nori seaweed. Neither of us had any problems inhaling it… the broth was rich and creamy, the noodles al dente, and the pork tender and juicy.
Two buns, two bowls of ramen, and two hour laters we rolled out of Shoryu feeling extremely full but very satisfied. It’s comfort food at it’s best, more please.
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Shoryu Ramen, 3 Denman St, Soho, London W1D 7HA
Ramen, it’s basically soup on steroids. And ramen bars in London are 10 a penny with Bone Daddies spawning like rabbits. It’s a unstoppable trend and I for one am welcoming with open arms. Sometimes all you need is a huge, comforting bowl of soup filled to the brim with noodles, a delicious homemade broth and topped with a tender joint of meat.
Bone Daddies are the type of place which plays old school rock ‘n’ roll whilst you slurp on oodles of noodles. I headed to their outpost in Old Street with a couple of girl friends after work one evening. It’s got a killer vibe; the decor is sleek and diners sit along high communal tables.
Pots of the usual ramen accompaniments litter the tables – garlic, sesame seeds, vinegar and chilli paste. Oh, and there’s also the not so usual like a jar crammed full of hairbands and plastic bibs. How thoughtful, because to really enjoy the sexy bowls of ramen that Bone Daddies serve, you need to slurp.
I dived into the Tonkotsu ramen and the broth used is made by extracting pork essence for over 20 hours. It also comes with pork belly, thin noodles, spring onions, bamboo, beansprouts and an soy egg. A word of advice? Only come here on an empty stomach.
That said, I couldn’t resist some mochi, which are tiny mounds of ice-cream with a shell of rice flour. We opted for a selection of salted caramel, banana, chocolate and green tea. The majority of these little balls were too sweet for my taste, but I thoroughly enjoyed the flavour which was packed in the green tea mochi – it had that bitter matcha taste which I adore.
Bone Daddies, The Bower, 211 Old St, London EC1V 9NV