Published on October 27th, 2014 | by Sophia Longhi0
Shoryu Ramen, Carnaby St
Summary: For ramen-lovers, Shoryu is a must-visit place - you are in the hands of the experts
There is little more comforting than a steaming, hot bowl of brothy ramen, and as the winter draws closer, it is exactly what the appetite calls for. There are plenty of places to get ramen in this city but two years after its launch, Shoryu Ramen comes highly recommended and has even been vouched for in this year’s Michelin Guide. With a limited edition Halloween menu, including special cocktails to get you in the spooky spirit, it was a must for the Londoner October calendar.
Shoryu’s Carnaby restaurant in Kingly Court is a gorgeous setting for some Autumn al fresco dining – just picture yourself all wrapped up and hunched over a big bowl of tasty, soothing ramen. They do, however, have a lovely indoor restaurant if you can’t bear being outside. Light, wooden panelling and white paper lanterns echo inspiration from Fukuoka city and all help to create authenticity, while still feeling fresh and contemporary.
As well as their renowned Hakata tonkotsu ramen, Shoryu are also famous for their Hirata Buns and are actually responsible for introducing the term Hirata Bun to the UK. These are not to be missed and luckily for us we had the ready expertise of super-friendly manager, Siyount, to talk us through their bountiful selection, while our cocktails were shaken and poured.
The Halloween menu features a very intriguing pumpkin-based cocktail, the Pumpkin Sour, which was actually delightfully sweet with a hint of cinnamon spice – perfect for an autumnal treat. Siyount also recommended the Zen Dream as a refreshing aperitif – with sake and rose wine – which was gorgeously light and delicate. If you are staying for a few, the mojitos are unlike what you have ever had before. Think sweet, fruity and zesty – the Yuzu made with strawberries is a holiday in a glass and the Mojito Loves Japan! is a big favourite and complements the soy-based Japanese flavours.
The Hirata buns are famous for a reason. Light, fluffy pillows of deliciousness, they are the absolute accompaniment to a bowl of ramen, but they would be satisfying enough for a snack on their own. The Halloween bun, filled with barbecue char sui pork belly and complete with Halloween-style decoration, is sweet, meaty and juicy, but you can’t leave without trying the Wagyu beef. It is worth paying the little extra for because the meat is so tender and succulent – it can’t be bettered.
Shoryu’s Hakata tonkotsu ramen menu, the star of the show, has been created by Hakata-born Executive Chef, Kanji Furukawa, and its quality is heralded as being rarely found outside of Japan. This is special stuff – each pan of creamy tonkotsu pork stock is a labour of love and is boiled for twelve hours before other ingredients are added and the final soup is ready. The most popular is the traditional Kotteri Hakata Tonkotsu – meaty, flavoursome, topped with an exquisite halved boiled egg – this is their signature dish and where you should start if you are a stranger to ramen. Halloween-appropriate, we also tried the Dracula Tonkotsu, which is garlic heaven. Caramelised black garlic mayo and garlic chips make this dish deeply rich and aromatic. No vampires here (or anywhere else in a ten mile radius of us).
For ramen-lovers, Shoryu is a must-visit place – you are in the hands of the experts. But other dishes on the menu should not be over-shadowed. The gyoza is excellent (their Tetsunabe gyoza is unique to Shoryu) and you would be more than welcome to try a selection of their nibbles (the sharing platter, with crisp chicken karaage, golden prawn tempura and sesame spinach gomae showcases some of the best) while working your way through their cocktail menu of Japanese favourites. Shoryu means ‘to bring good fortune’ – and with its delicious Halloween menu, superb value at two courses for £13.95 and three for £17.95, it certainly did.
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