Shoryu Ramen, Soho, London
Nothing beats a bowl of warm tonkotsu ramen on a cold evening. And so far, every London evening has been cold. Well, almost every. I’ve made it to Shoryu Ramen in Kingly Court of Soho two times and both have been warming for the stomach and the heart. It’s not my favourite ramen joint by a wide mile, but it’s a good option when you need out.
Hit or miss
The service at Shoryu Ramen was a mixed bag on both occasions. There’s a hipster vibe to the staff here, and although they are numerous, attentive they are not. It is a busy space and even with the outside tables you can sometimes have to endure a bit of a wait to get seated.
On my first visit I went for the White Natural (£11.50) which was one of their recommendations. It’s described as a tonyu soy milk, miso, konbu and shiitake broth. This is then topped with fried tofu, kikurage mushrooms, spring onion, bamboo shoots and nori. It’s a small amount of tofu, which an outrageous statement in itself (when you have to give up the meat).
The milky broth was fair, and the noodles were yum, there was also a nice saltiness to the noodle. Tofu was a bit boring and was cold to the bite which wasn’t as pleasant. A bit pricey for the end result, doesn’t capture the energy or aromas of Hakata back home even closest. If I don’t mind an explosion of salt, Bone Daddies is a better fit for me.
Fangs a lot
My return visit I had the Dracula special ramen, and this was basically roasted garlic with more garlic. Needless to say, there was a strong aroma and taste of garlic to this bowl. I did think it could have gone further though! I was hoping for something with the richness of the black ramen from Hakata Gensuke again. So Shoryu Ramen overall feels a bit watered down compared to other noodle shops, but it’s okay.