Shoryu Ramen comes from the team behind premier Japanese food hall Japan Centre, with multiple sites across the UK including eight restaurants in London. It specialises in street food from the Hakata district in Japan with a focus on its famous tonkotsu ramen, traditionally made with a rich pork broth and thin, straight noodles. Shoryu Ramen aims to bring the brilliance of this dish overseas via a specially crafted menu devised by executive head chef Kanji Furukawa who originally grew up in Hakata.
Located just off Drury Lane, Shoryu Ramen Covent Garden is well suited for a spot of pre or post theatre dining, or simply if you’re in need of some grub after a day of pounding London’s pavements. The interiors at this particular spot are simple and modern, with exposed brick walls, spotlighting and a mural of Japanese fighters on the wall.
The menu offers plenty of Shoryu Ramen’s signature dishes and is predominantly geared towards ramen. One of its most popular dishes is its traditional tonkotsu, a rich 12-hour pork broth topped with char siu BBQ pork belly, nitamago Burford Brown egg, kikurage mushrooms, spring onions, red ginger and nori seaweed. There’s plenty of choice though, with at least eight more options on the list along with vegetarian ramen and seasonal specials.
Not in the mood for ramen? Take your pick from a selection of rice dishes and buns, including chicken katsu curry and BBQ pork buns stuffed with char siu BBQ pork belly, iceberg lettuce, cucumber, hirata sauce and japanese mayo. Finally, the drinks menu comprises a selection of beers ‘served Japanese style’, plum wine, shochu, whisky, sake and bespoke cocktails. Don’t miss the Kikizake Sake Flight which includes three servings from a selection of specialty sakes to enjoy with your choice of ramen.