Harden's survey result
“Hard-to-beat ramen” – “the tonkotsu pork broth has amazing depth of flavour” – make Japan Centre owner Tak Tokumine’s “relatively authentic” West End duo (in Soho’s Kingly Court and on Regent Street) “preferred noodle-stops in a very competitive market”.
“Tasty (and filling) noodle dishes and decent quality sashimi” draw a steady crowd to these Japanese pit stops: a “good option in busy, trendy areas”, even if “space is cramped” and “you might have to queue”.
“Super-tasty ramen soups and moreish meat-filled buns” still win praise for these “very cramped” Japanese pit stops. Fans say “they put pretenders like Wagamama to shame”, but overall ratings here are not as stratospheric as once they were.
For fans of these “crowded and cramped” Japanese, they are a “go-to, quick cheap eat with steaming bowls of ramen”; overall though, ratings were more M.O.R. this year.
Shoryu Ramen SW1
Near Piccadilly Circus, a warm, welcoming and slightly chaotic Japanese noodle parlour, serving warming dishes in generous portions - ideal for West End refuelling!
Looking for a quick, cheap and tasty West End meal? We have a feeling that the main streets of our metropolis have been lagging when it comes to mid-market dining a bit in recent times - there have been lots of sandwich/salad/sushi stops for a quick snack, and, just off the major thoroughfares, a surprising number of more upmarket eateries too. But not that much in between.
Into this under-served space comes this bright, warm and welcoming ramen parlour, prominently situated in the street which is no longer officially called Lower Regent Street - an offshoot of the commendable Japan Centre, nearby.
The fare we sampled was pretty filling - for a speedy shopping snack, half a dozen gyoza (pork dumplings) for fiver would probably do the job. For a more substantial meal, top up with a large and steaming - if, for our taste, slightly greasy - bowl of tonkotsu ramen, the house speciality. Star of our visit, though, was a fresh and delicious 'chuka wakame' salad, with avocado and cucumber.
Friendly but slightly chaotic service completes a general air of authenticity.
Last orders: 11.30 pm, Sun 10 pm