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Not content with four restaurants, a takeaway and a noodle wagon, Mr Shoryu Ramen Tak Tokumine has opened this 40 cover St Giles site, a new Hakata Udon noodle project. Ichiryu serves Japanese udon (thick, wheat noodles) and sushi, all designed to capitalise on the lunchtime rush. There are also rumblings of new Shoryu branches for Covent Garden and Manchester this year – not bad for a brand that first appeared in 2012.
Japanese seems to be trending quite a bit in London recently.Ramen, yakitori, izakaya and now udon. Although do spare me the Japanese “tapas” offered at one joint… It’s just the normal izakaya (pub) food…So off we went to Ichiryu.Hakata bun with BBQ pork. You can’t see that well from the picture but the bun was smothered in mayo. I have nothing against mayo but I prefer to taste the natural taste of my food. This was an interesting fusion dish and I must commend the bun in particular for being very moist yet not soggy.
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Ichiryu, New Oxford Street – despite being a largish place (about 40 people) I find it surprising that Ichiryu has a policy of not seating you until everyone has arrived. So, it was predictable that they do not take reservations too. Unless you are someone important; the table next to us was reserved for a group of nine – Japanese speaking and also seemed to have special dishes served. Was the seating policy more of a selling point?My company and I were normal and we chose from the menu of hot or cold udon dishes (from &7.00), additional tempura toppings (from &1.80), side dishes (from &4.00) and onigiri rice...
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We finally got to try out the newly opened Ichiryu! From the same creators as the Japan Centre and Shoryu Ramen, Ichiryu is the latest udon noodle bar to hit the London streets. We were invited to try out Ichiryu by Nee Hao and we couldn’t wait to get there!It’s a short 2 minute walk from Tottenham Court Road station so we found it quite easily. Throughout the restaurant there are elements of the traditional Japanese culture appearing throughout the modern feel of the restaurant.
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Ichiryu brings fast food udon noodles to London’s increasingly diverse Japanese dining scene and it’s about time!In the last 5 years, ramen has spread its wings and there are now umpteen London restaurants specialising in ramen – including a few small chains – selling delicious bowls of the much-loved Japanese noodle soup.But udon noodles haven’t enjoyed the same rate of growth; not yet at least. Koya, particularly loved by the fooderati, has been a stalwart of course, but the main restaurant closed it’s doors last year, leaving only Koya Bar still in operation; in any case there was never any expectation...
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