This colourful and lively ramen restaurant is the brainchild of Japan Centre, the long established London food hall which specialises in Japanese goods. Heddon Yokocho is found on Mayfair’s Heddon Street and has taken over the site that used to house Sakagura (another of Japan Centre’s spin-offs).
The dining room at Heddon Yokocho boasts a colourful aesthetic that is inspired by the 1970s, boasting colour splashes via neon signage, hanging paper lanterns and red table tops flanked by backless red stools. The menu at Heddon Yokocho boasts a range of ramen from across various areas of Japan, featuring familiar dishes such as Tonkotsu ramen.
Other broths that might take your fancy include Sapporo Miso, a miso-based chicken and pork broth ramen, and Hakodate Shio - a salt and miso-based broth ramen. Plant-based diners will be glad to hear that the restaurant also offers a vegan dish, called Vegan Napoli (a tomato-based ramen featuring grilled tomato and mushroom topped with basil and vegan cheese). There is even a signature house dish known as The Yokocho, which comprises soy-based chicken and pork broth ramen with slices of barbecue pork, topped with menma bamboo shoots, naruto fish cake, whole nitamago egg and nori seaweed.
To bookend your ramen, there are starting snacks and sides including chicken karaage, steamed buns, meat and vegetable gyozas and maki sushi rolls. If you have any room left after all of that, you can tuck into a tempting selection of desserts which includes a matcha cheesecake, a yuzu sorbet and a range of ice creams with flavours such as black sesame and vegan salted caramel.
If you are in the mood for an alcoholic beverage, you will be able to sip on Highballs and Chu-Hi, made with shochu and flavoured with lemon, while there is also a selection of sake and Japanese beer on draught.