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Expansion is in the air as the Shoryu ramen group launches a third sit-down branch – this time just off touristy Carnaby Street. The new venue has all the trademark features, from white bamboo
lamps and communal tables to a ‘hakata bei’ wall with rare traditional tiling. As before, the open kitchen deals in myriad well-priced bowls of soupy ramen: look for the now-famous Dracula tonkotsu
(a milky, garlicky broth packed with noodles, tender barbecued pork and Asian vegetables), along with plenty of perky sides such as gyoza or hirata buns loaded with tempura prawns. The adjoining
bar specialises in saké, with a huge range including elite brands such as Gekkeikan Gold (containing flecks of 24-carat gold leaf). If you’re after a takeaway, head to Shoryu Go – an express outlet
at 19 Air Street, W1B 5AG.
Sometimes only noodles will do, even a cheap packet of instant noodles for me can satisfy an urge that I guess must be down to a comfort thing. As I sat staring at the menu in bewilderment in Shoryu Ramen‘s new outpost, I realised there’s a lot more to this noodle lark – the menu is a minefield. Shoryu is for serious eaters, there’s even a bulb of garlic and crusher provided on the table. This branch, the fourth in the empire is in Kingly Court just off Carnaby Street, which has become a real food hub with restaurants such as Whyte & Brown and the Rum Kitchen. Kingly Court used to be an old haunt of mine, back in the day when a Saturday was for doing whatever I liked. My sister and I would go just to visit the now defunct Candy Cakes when the area was full of over-priced boutique shops that no one went in.Luckily the chirpy staff helped us out with some recommendations, starting off, as always, with cocktails. My Golden Cherry Blossom £9 – Gekkeikan gold sake, Maraschino liqueur with a touch of cherry syrup was cordial light and deceptively non-alcoholic tasting...
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My second visit to Shoryu Ramen was at the brand new Kingly Court branch in Soho/Carnaby Street. We arrived at 1pm on the opening day and had about a five minute wait before being seated. As soon as we sat down we ordered drinks and were given the menu’s – excellent for a lunch time 1 hr food slot!Enjoying my Piri-piri so much last time I didn’t want to order any other… ok… I lied, I’d totally forgotten this is the one that I had previously write up HERE so I won't go into detail. I just fancied a good chilli kick and this took my fancy (yet again).Due to both of us being hungry and me wanting something a little extra, greedy piggy wig I am Mr E and I both had a hirata bun, pork for him, tempura prawn for moi. His pork looks delicious however lacked a little on sauce therefore making it a little bit dry and ‘claggy’ with the bun being steamed this can cause for tricky eating if there’s no sauce (the bun sticks to your teeth slightly – not attractive!)...
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Shoryu recently opened its fourth branch, just off Carnaby Street, within the food and retail complex of Kingly Court. If you don’t mind queuing, then what’s inside might just be worth the wait.Executive Chef Kanji Furukawa and Director Tak Tokumine’s home town of Fukuoka is the inspiration for the décor – it’s bright with an open kitchen to spy on the chefs. It’s a place designed to eat quick and go...
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