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Ramen aficionados have helped this pleasingly authentic noodle joint to thrive and multiply, despite stiff competition. Looks-wise, Shoryu mixes muted colours and nondescript artwork with traditional decorations such as white bamboo lamps, feature walls incorporating roof tiles, and a gong for welcoming diners – many of them Japanese. Despite the crowds, serenity and efficiency reign here: dishes go from order pad to plate faster than a speeding bullet train. Load up on shareable snacks such as “sinfully good” hirata buns, Wagyu beef skewers or “delightfully fresh” sashimi, but don't miss the signature Dracula tonkotsu – a deep, comforting, savoury bowl of garlic-laden broth that harbours tender BBQ pork, soft noodles, crisp Asian vegetables and a soy-seasoned egg. To drink, the list of sakés (including rare and premium offerings) is a draw; alternatively, try an Asian-inflected cocktail or a cleansing tea.
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