1 August 2014


9 Regent Street, London SW1Y 4LR

£35.00 Japanese St. James's
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  • Wine: £21.95
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 11am-3.30pm 5-11pm (Sun -10pm)

Square Meal Review of Shoryu ?

Run by the kooky Japan Centre over the road, this ramen joint ups the authenticity with a chef recruited from Hakata – the district of Fukuoka synonymous with these soupy bowls of wheat noodles. Sixteen varieties are on offer, all spins on the basic theme of a rich, meaty broth festooned with pork, egg, beansprouts, nori and more besides; it’s warming, nourishing stuff, if a little bland – opt for the garlic-heavy ‘Dracula’ version for the biggest wallop of flavour. Side orders of pork dumplings and soft-shell crab are decent enough, prices are extremely reasonable, and the drinks list touts everything from saké and shochu to peppy cocktails and curious green-tea creations. A drum is banged as you’re taken to your table, but there’s no pressure once you’ve finished. Alternatively, head to self-service Shoryu Express at 16 Regent Street for a high-speed noodle fix.

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  1. Published : Sunday, 15th December 2013

    The Little Brown Book :: Shoryu.

    Ramen Eggs.Hands up who hasn't considered crawling back under the covers and feeling sorry for their snuffling nose that has to face the perils of the outside world. On its way up, my hand changed its mind, remembering that places like Shoryu exist to help you man up and stop feeling sorry for a slightly stuffy schnoz.Having heard raving reviews from a number of highly reliable sources, it was decided that the time had come for us to confirm such professions. Luckily we were waiting for less than a second before being quickly whisked over to a table and handed some entirely incomprehensible menus. We closed our eyes, pointed and all ordered the same traditional ramen soup from somewhere at the top of the menu. At least there wouldn't be any food envy with this decision. Snapping open our chopsticks we waited eagerly for our steaming bowls, smiling at the entire garlic plus press in front of us because who doesn't love a nice side of raw garlic?! Around us, eager beavers were tucking into their noodles, aware that with every slurp, life would be re-injected into their cranky systems. (Apologies to anyone without a cranky system, I just rather like this new turn of phrase and am giving it a test drive)!Preparing to be dominated by our meal, we did as we were told and wiped our not so sticky fingers clean. ... And then they were here, piled high with noodles, greens and an egg like no other egg I have ever tasted. Apparently it is left in a soy sauce marinade overnight and transforms the simplest of foods into something of faberge standards.Everything said about Shoryu is completely justified and we left happy in the knowledge that we could join those in the know. Now it's your turn! 
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  2. With ramen shops popping up like mushrooms, it’s been fierce competition. I have already tried Bone Daddies and Tonkotsu in the area. Shoryu opened up its second branch along Soho, Denmark Street with a special offer for £5 on all ramen during July. Of course I couldn’t miss the opportunity to slurp on some soup noodle goodness. First up, as there was special offer, the queue filled the entire street like bees glued to the hive. Waiting around we realised by the time we be seated, we be rushed and kicked out in no time. I even tweeted the social media person taking care of their Twitter. He pleaded that good things will come to those who wait. My patience was running low and my suggestion to leg it to Regent Street branch was a wise choice...
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  3. In a restaurant proud of its Hakata-born Executive Chef cooking up ramen dishes from the region, the inclusion of a ‘Piri Piri Tonkotsu’ in these offerings had the dial on my gimmick-radar twitching. I believe I am correct in thinking Hakata is in Japan, and not Portugal. Despite these initial shortcomings, the karaka tan tan tonkotsu was presented with all the appeal you would expect from a spicy bowl of hot broth and noodles on a chilly evening. It looked great - cloudy thick white miso stock vibrant from the chiu chow chilli oil, fried mince pork (rather than barbecue pork in most of the others), lemon and garlic. And in fact even more garlic as the bulb fiend within me made full use of the well received pot of cloves complete with crusher at the table...
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  4. Ramen-mania has hit London in the past few months and I fell in love with the stuff a while back before my little blogging days at Bone Daddies. I have now started a mini search into finding the best close to work and today's treat was exceptional. Shoryu Ramen's motto is 'It's in our bones' referencing to the laborious pork bone stock the ramen is made with, and therefore I knew they were serious about their foods...
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  5. Published : Tuesday, 1st October 2013

    S.W. Foodie :: Quest for the best Ramen...Shoryu

    Ramen-mania has hit London in the past few months and I fell in love with the stuff a while back before my little blogging days at Bone Daddies. I have now started a mini search into finding the best close to work and today's treat was exceptional. Shoryu Ramen's motto is 'It's in our bones' referencing to the laborious pork bone stock the ramen is made with, and therefore I knew they were serious about their foods. After reading up I knew I had to be there at opening to avoid a queue, and so I briskly walked over for 12pm. So much so, that my feet are now blistered - dam you new converse!! I arrived and to my surprise there was no queue, and only one other gentleman happily slurping away at his bowl of goodness -n.b a hefty queue had formed once I was finishing up around 12:40...
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  6. Ramen noodles are all the rage at the moment. In the last year or so London has seen the opening of such ramen houses (or ‘ramenya’ as the Japanese like to call them) as Bone Daddies and Tonkotsu. I can’t work out whether these openings have either fuelled the ramen craze or were in response to the craze, but competition can only mean standards remain high and that translates to good news for the diner. Another addition is Shoryu Ramen which is owned by the same people as those who own the Japan Centre on Regent Street. Now these people know a thing about Japanese food, and the success of the first branch of Shoryu Ramen on Regent Street has led to the recent opening of their second branch in Soho...
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  7. Published : Sunday, 30th June 2013

    Nomface :: Shoryu, London

    A couple months back we come across a 50% of deal to celebrate the launch of the Denman Street pop up branch of Shoryu in London. The branch will reopen permanently around mid July. Having heeded the warnings of massive queues at the Regent Street branch we arrived ahead of the evening rush and the restaurant was half filled around 6pm. Being massive fans of Japanese ramen, having grown up on the instant Nissin versions we were high with anticipation...
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  8. Published : Sunday, 31st March 2013

    Vi Vian :: Shoryu Ramen, Regent’s Street

    Shoryu Ramen, Regent Street – a big bowl of aromatic, soupy noodles is nothing more comforting and homely for the belly of a Chinese Malaysian person like myself. There is one exception though – my brother, the fussy eater in the family. He loathes all soupy or gravy-ish food and that includes any seafood, red and green colour looking dishes...
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  9. Published : Wednesday, 20th March 2013

    YUMMEI :: Shoryu - St. James - Regent Street - London

    Shoryu is brought to you by the same people who run the Japan Centre. But Shoryu is in a league of it's own. It specialises in Hakata Tonkotsu ramen noodles, and their head chef is born and raised from the Hakata district in Japan. It's so authentic it hurts...
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  10. Published : Tuesday, 19th February 2013

    fatmanclaphand :: Shoryu: the Katie Price of tonkotsu...

    ...buns are all it has going for it.Ramen!? Again!? I've given up burgers for %$£@&!? ramen. It's still just stock with stuff sloshed in it. Even if you add black garlic, a marinated fried egg, spring onions and fresh chillies... actually that sounds really nice. Oh, and this is authentic is it? You bang a drum when people walk in - is that what they do in Japan? Because it's kind of annoying. Oh right. Well, ferment me some vegetables I'll be back for breakfast.Yes, I've found myself at yet another ramen joint. A cuisine currently so trendy the food critics are tripping over themselves to join the queue, and east London has been left looking at each other going: "What, the shit Wagamama's do? We've got to like that again?"Shoryu has to be the trendiest, even boasting a Regent's Street address (Yah, but it's south of Piccadilly Circus darling). The queue was about 20 minutes at 7.30 on a Friday, which was perfectly tolerable if you've let the whole "I hate queuing" thing go (I haven't). The three of us agreed to be sat at a two person table, on the premise we would be moved as soon as a table left. That moment came and we were told to stay put, I presume because the chef with the drum had already banged it for a group of four.So we sat scrunched together like noodles in a ramen and tucked into one of the most delicious starters I've tasted in a while - steamed buns with the texture of a stress reliever and filled with crispy salmon. Soft, then crunchy then smooth and mayonnaisey. Incredible. I'll be hunting them down at the next opportunity. Sadly the okra wrapped in salmon might have well have been grass wrapped in Tesco's luncheon meat, and the gyoza were a little tough. But still, as they would say in Carry On: "Oh, the buns! The Barbara Windsor's!"Then came the tonkotsu (just ramen with fattier stock as far as I can tell). Mine was called the Dracula Tonkotsu (£12.50). Really it should be the anti-Drac Ramen, because it is laced with black garlic almost to a fault. Almost. It's actually perfectly balanced, especially with the little bit of heat. Sadly the stock is a little over seasoned, presumably because it's under-flavoured. The pork is a little dry for pork belly too. It's really not a patch on Tonkotsu on Dean Street, and a few quid pricier per dish too. It didn't leave you licking at the bowl, which given the amount of umami black garlic they piled in is almost a scientific impossibility. But they managed it.And with that we were out in the fresh air again. To their credit we were admirably stuffed, and slightly gassy from the Kirin Ichiban on tap (good move). But as we walked up to Soho in search of a decent pub we went past Tonkotsu, with no queue, cheaper food, better stock and a better table policy (only one person per seat). They may be two of the few ramen places in town, but there really is no comparison. Like Katie Price, buns aside there isn't much to Shoryu.   
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  11. As a fan of ramen, I thought after my recent discovery of ramen heaven at Bone Daddies, my quest of searching for the perfect Tonkotsu would have come to an imminent end. Like in a fairytale, I have found my happy ending. Alas! Not so fast! Nope! It was sweet but little did I know that after years of being marooned in the ramen wilderness, millions of Londoners out there being robbed of the comfort of being able to enjoy a slurpingly-good bowl of hot, rich umami, ramen has officially gone stonkingly trendy. And when that happens, you expect to trip over more ramen-ya that you can shake a stick at. Even Yo Sushi has jumped on the bandwagon and gone ramen-mad! Shock Horror! (Disclaimer: I have not try their ramen and I cannot foresee myself doing so anytime soon)...
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  12. Japan Centre, which is doing a roaring business along Regent Street, is rather slow to jump onto the ramen bandwagon in setting up a ramen joint in London's West End. But unlike the rest sitting prettily at Soho (Ittenbari, Bone Daddies and Tonkotsu), Shoryu Ramen is located along Regent Street, a short walk away from The Mall. Almost directly facing Japan Centre, Shoryu Ramen is a considerably smaller setup compared to its peers. In fact, with its small round and square tables oddly mixed together, it can very well be another high street cafe...
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  13. Published : Thursday, 27th December 2012

    Culinary Creep :: Shoryu Ramen, Lower Regent St

    Home Last of the ramen openings for the year is Shoryu. I’ll keep this one brief – like most of my posts of late, I visited shamefully awhile ago and from following them on Twitter I know that they’ve made a few changes to their ramen. Home Last of the ramen openings for the year is Shoryu. I’ll keep this one brief – like most of my posts of late, I visited shamefully awhile ago and from following them on Twitter I know that they’ve made a few changes to their ramen. IMGP4343 Even my telling menu photo shows the soft-opening 50% off prices. Simple condiment selection on the tables. The ramen itself? A big bowl of comfort. The milky, creamy broth was easily the best of all the ramen I have been luck to taste of late. Pork slices firmer than I’d like, however I believe there are plans to correct this. Mushrooms were nice addition...
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  • Address: 9 Regent Street, London SW1Y 4LR
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  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 11am-3.30pm 5-11pm (Sun -10pm)

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