Now, who doesn’t rave about ramen?! When you’re based in the capital with thousands of restaurants to enjoy, you’re probably familiar with at least a couple of London’s finest ramen restaurants. And, with the warm weather seizing the city, there’s nothing better than a light but comforting dinner of fresh noodles and broth to enjoy. We just love this famous Japanese dish, so here are our picks of the best ramen joints to check out!
31 Peter Street, W1F 0AR
Often cited as the best ramen bar in London, we’re certainly not the only fans of this spot. Bone Daddies is in the heart of Soho and, with a no reservation policy, sees streams of walk-in diners daily just waiting to try out the delicious menu. With plenty of choice and late-night dining available, this New York inspired spot brings ramen with a difference, and is a delight you absolutely must try. It’s bold, it packs a punch and it’s informal dining at its best.
1A Duston Street, E8 4EB
This spot is named Tonkotsu after the lip-smackingly creamy ramen originally found in Kyushu, Japan’s southern-most island. Offering smooth and silky broths filled with fresh noodles skillfully made on-site, the dishes here are certainly worth a taste. They follow the mantra ‘if you don’t make your own noodles, you’re just a soup shop’ – Tonkotsu delivers a passion for the art of ramen that you won’t find elsewhere.
3 Panton Street, SW1Y 4DL
Kanada-Ya arrived in London at the end of 2014, and is celebrated for its Tonkotsu style and taste. With an authenticity like no other, this place uses a special recipe devised by the restaurant founder in Yukuhashi, Japan, and you simply have to try it for yourself! With beers, saké and informal surroundings, it’s a great place to have a catch up with friends and slurp away on a bowl of beautiful ramen.
Image: United Ramen
105-106 Upper Street, N1 1QN
This ramen spot comes with an added dose of East meets West, with ramen specials tied in with western traditions – for example, every Sunday you can experience the roast beef ramen, topped with Yorkshire puddings! The cultural influences added to the dishes at United Ramen are what make this place extra special and were born out of restaurant owner Aaron’s love for Asia Pacific as well as food from all over the world. Offering diverse and wholesome food for the soul, this is a great north London find.
3-5 Kingly Court, off Carnaby Street, W1B 5PJ
Finally, we couldn’t miss out Shoryu Ramen. Michelin-recommended and with numerous central London locations, it’s not just the ramen you’ll be jumping to try but the range of buns, tempura, gyoza and sashimi on offer that you’ll be lining up on the side! The team here refer to the process of cooking ramen as a ‘labour of love’ that they truly take care over, and it’s our recommended hotspot for you to stop off at in the city and enjoy a truly hearty meal.
Has the ramen revolution hit you yet? Let us know your favourite spots for a bowl of the good stuff in the comments below!