SquareMeal Review of
Ippudo Canary Wharf
Founded in Hakata, this international operation believes ‘ramen is a cosmos created in a bowl’: clearly these guys are serious about noodles. This second, 65-cover UK branch (London’s first Ippudo opened in St Giles in 2014) is part of the Crossrail Place development and features an open kitchen, a cocktail bar and, as is Ippudo tradition, enthusiastic Japanese greetings from all the staff, every time a customer enters. The menu runs includes tori karaage (Japanese-style fried chicken) and Hirata buns, but don’t miss the signature ramen noodle bowls, with optional toppings including pork belly and poached egg. New dishes for Canary Wharf include taki gyoza (pan-fried dumplings), homemade yakisoba, and hiyayakko (a cold tofu salad) with anchovy and salted kelp. Take a seat at the bar for cocktails or a range of sakés, squint a bit, and you could almost be in Hakata bay.