Shoryu Ramen has very recently opened on Kingly Court, just off bustling Carnaby Street in London. Not long ago, we popped along to try it for ourselves.
The restaurant features an open ramen kitchen where diners can watch the chefs at work. Owned by the Japan Centre chain, Shoryu is a sleek, modern and stylish restaurant, brining a real flavour of Japan to London.
Shoryu prides itself in offering in the most authentic tasting Hakata tonkotsu recipe outside Japan, with many delicious varieties of the dish on the menu including yuzu, piri piri and their signature Shoryu version. I went for the Dracula (pictured) for an intense garlic hit, and I’m very glad I did. You can see how nicely the food is presented from the picture. The menu also includes a range of delicious side dishes such as hirata buns and amazingly delicious gyoza, alongside a selection of exclusive dishes that change on a regular basis.
Shoryu also offer a really interesting selection of gluten free dishes, which includes the most delicious gluten free buns we’ve ever tasted. Staff are clued up on what diners with allergies can and can’t have, and are really helpful when it comes to checking ingredients with the chefs, so you do feel in safe hands dining here.
The bar offers a huge range of sake such as royal warrant Gekkeikan Nouvelle from Kyoto, awarded the monde selection gold medal for 4 consecutive years 2008-2011 and Gekkeikan Gold containing flecks of beautiful 24 carat gold leaf. A selection of sake cocktails are also available, which are most interesting. The Umeshu royal and Negroni San cocktails are also a must.
Portions here are large, but the ice cream, if you can manage it, is a must. Choose between matcha and black sesame flavours to finish off your meal, or, as I did, try a scoop of each and see which one is your favourite.
For more information, please see Shoryu’s website.