A larger sibling of Shoryu Ramen on Regent Street, this noodle joint is as authentic as they come, with white bamboo lamps in the window, a gong for welcoming guests and a generous smattering of Japanese customers. The dining room, with its muted colours, geometric artwork and communal tables, has an animated yet serene ambience, while warm staff whisk dishes from the open kitchen in true fast-food style. The main event is well-priced bowls of soupy ramen, all brimming with flavour (try the Dracula tonkotsu, a milky, garlicky broth filled with noodles, tender barbecued pork and Asian vegetables), but it’s worth adding perky sides such as pillowy hirata buns filled with tempura prawns if you’re feeling really peckish. The drinks list offers eastern-style cocktails and myriad refreshing teas, plus rare and premium sakés.
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