Shoryu Ramen Restaurant in London

I visited Shoryu Ramen in London in May, 2015

Shoryu Ramen is a Japanese ramen restaurant. It is run by Executive chef Kanji Furukawa and now has several restaurants open in London. It specialises in Hakata tonkotsu ramen, a local ramen speciality from Hakata in Fukuoka on the island of Kyushu in Japan. I visited Hakata in March 2014, and ate a lot of great ramen there.

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Shoryu Ramen on Lower Regent Street.

I absolutely love ramen, when traveling in Japan I eat it almost every day, but in Norway it is impossible to find. There are no ramen restaurants in Trondheim, I am praying for one to open.

I first heard about Shoryu Ramen a few weeks before my visit to London, and knew I had to go there to eat. I went to their restaurant on Lower Regent Street for lunch on my first day in London.

When I first entered the restaurant I almost felt like I was back in Japan. Yes, it is a bit fancier and better decorated than most ramen restaurants I visited in Japan, and there were waiters, not only the chef or a vending machine taking your order. But you were greated with the usual irasshaimase by all the employees when entering, and as I raised one finger in the air, indicating seating for one, I was quickly shown to my seat.

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From inside the restaurant.

I ordered the Shoryu Ganso tonkotsu ramen, their signature ramen, chilled sake and a kirin beer. The meny was well explained to me by my waiter. My drinks were served quickly and I waited for my food.

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My sake and beer.

The sake was really nice, served chill, it tasted great. It really took me back to Japan. When my food was served I blurted out arrigato gozaimasu instead of thank you.

The ramen was amazing. A rich pork broth, cooked for over twelve hours, filled with the taste of umami, perfectly cooked noodles, some slices of meat, scallops and an egg. I slurped away.
And washed it all down with Kirin beer.

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My ramen.

As I left I was hoping to find time to visit one of their other restaurants before I left London, but there was not enough time.

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Outside the restaurant.

Shoryu Ramen is a great restaurant, and has the best ramen I have tried outside Japan. I have tried better ramen in Japan, but that was expected. The service was excellent even when there was a lot to do, the food served quickly. If you ever are in London I greatly recommend a visit to Shoryu Ramen.

Visit Shoryu Ramen’s official website here

9 thoughts on “Shoryu Ramen Restaurant in London

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  2. Vinita

    Awesome post and lunch! I doubt there are ramen restaurants in India but it would be great to have them.

  3. Steph Robinson

    London is great for trying food from all over the world – and I agree that Shoryu Ramen is pretty close to a real japanese ramen! The next time you visit London, there are some other very good ramen restaurants to try if you like, such as Bone Daddies, Tonkotsu and Kanada-ya.


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