Many reviews seem to rave about Shoryu Ramen, and I read them just in time because I was craving some noodles. So we queued (as the British say) and waited on a rare, clear London night.
Before we got started on the ramen, we had to go for the soft shell crab tempura. Lightly battered, this soft shell crab was a wondrous piece of seafood fried to the perfect crispiness. Go for this if you want something more exciting than just edamame.
Shoryu Ramen specializes in Hakata ramen, the special non-curly noodles from the district of Hakata in Fukuoka city in southern Japan. This ramen is normally cooked in a very rich tonkotsu (pork) broth, and it really is exceptional at Shoryu. However, it seems that some bowls get more broth/noodles than others, which is what happened to us...
The homemade noodles used in the dishes here are mostly hosomen noodles, which are egg-white based, thin and pretty chewy. To be honest, I like them because they seem to suck up all the flavor from the broth!
Now for the desserts, which are must-haves! Most of them are yuzu (a citrus fruit) or matcha (fine green tea powder) based, which are both very refreshing flavors. The yuzu sorbet is the ideal item to choose after a hot bowl of soup leaving you in a sweat, especially so with the heating on during winter time. It will cleanse your mouth and perhaps leave a bit of an acidic zest on your breath.
If you want something that is a bit creamier, the matcha cheesecake is the one you should choose. But don't worry, it's almost as light as whipped cream!
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed Shoryu Ramen, and honestly, I was impressed along with surprised. I haven't tried ramen elsewhere in London, but the ramen here is certainly pretty high up on the authenticity scale.
- It gets crowded, and if you want to wait in a shorter line, go on a weekday.
- In case you eat up all the noodles and still have soup left, you should ask them for a bit more noodles to go with the soup.