Ippudo Central Saint Giles

Japanese, Noodles·

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Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Japanese, Noodles
Food Occasions
All day dining
Alfresco And Views
Outside seating
Special Features
Counter dining, Wheelchair access
Child friendly, Group dining [8+]
Food Hygiene Rating


Founded in Hakata, this international operation believes ‘ramen is a cosmos created in a bowl’: clearly these guys are serious about noodles. Luckily, Ippudo also has the quality and flavours to match its mantra. This multi-storey UK debut features mezzanine floors and narrow walkways which create a cacophonous din, complete with enthusiastic Japanese greetings whenever a customer walks in. The comprehensive menu runs from starters of sticky and spicy chicken wings, fluffy Hirata Buns, and deep-fried lotus root chips to bigger plates ranging from various rice bowls to seared wagyu beef. Don’t miss the signature ramen – a choice of rich, sweet and salty pork tonkotsu riffs (vegetarian and chicken options also available) with optional toppings including pork belly and marinated eggs. Walk-ins only.


3 Central Saint Giles Piazza, Bloomsbury, London, WC2H 8AG

020 7240 4469 020 7240 4469


Opening Times

All day
Mon 12:00-23:00
Tue 12:00-23:00
Wed 12:00-23:00
Thu 12:00-23:00
Fri 12:00-23:00
Sat 11:30-23:00
Sun 11:30-22:00


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1 Review 

Alex G

19 July 2017  
Food & Drink 4
Service 2.5
Atmosphere 3
Value 4.5
Ramen comes to London
Back in the early 2000s when I had the misfortune of working in Canary Wharf, it was a culinary graveyard, redeemed only by the fact that the West End was at least reachable in around fifteen minutes. Although the Wharf remains (to my mind) a thoroughly depressing place in which to work with woefully inadequate transport infrastructure, it is at least pleasing that the range of dining options seems markedly to have improved. Indeed, on each – increasingly rare – occasion I venture to the area, several new places are open. A recent visit to Ippudo, a newish Japanese outlet specialising in ramen impressed, location notwithstanding. For the uninitiated, ramen is a dish comprising Chinese-style wheat noodles served in a meat or fish-based broth typically flavoured with soy sauce and miso and covered in a range of topping such as sliced pork, seaweed and vegetables. In Tokyo, salarymen lap it up with gay abandon at lunchtimes and it therefore,seems somehow appropriate that the second Ippudo outlet in London (the first is in Covent Garden) should open in the shadow of oppressive skyscrapers. The restaurant itself is classic modern Japanese – functional and efficient, but broadly stripped of all emotion. It is the food, however, that does the talking here. Both my comrade and I opted for ramen (spicy pork for me, vegetables in the other bowl). We were luxuriated in the diverse textures and flavours of the dishes, with the chilli in mine packing a real punch. The meals felt filling, healthy and satisfying, especially with a price tag of around £10/bowl. Salads, raw fish (sushi and sashimi) and Japanese-style steak are also available. This is not necessarily a place to linger, but somewhere undoubtedly to visit for an authentic ramen experience in London.
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