Noodles

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Kanada-Ya
64 Saint Giles High Street WC2H 8LE
London
United Kingdom

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Last few years we have seen a massive expansion of Japanese ramen noodle restaurants in London. The latest such restaurant is Kanada-Ya. Kanada-Ya is arguably the most authentic ramen restaurant, as it comes from Yukuhashi in Japan where it was set up by Kanada Kazuhiro in 2009. They also since then have opened a restaurant in Hong Kong. Kanada-Ya London is their first European venture. Kanada-Ya serves tonkotsu (pork bone broth) ramen.

I came to Kanada-Ya on a Thursday evening and was at the place at five past 6 and even then there was a long queue outside, so we had to wait for 30min to get in. Most of the people in the queue and in the restaurant where Japanese, a great sing. Also my Japanese colleague Asako told me about this place and said that it was getting all the Japanese in London very excited.

Maija rated: 

3.50

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Shoryu Ramen
9 Regent St, SW1Y 4LR
London
United Kingdom

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There have been a lot of Japanese ramen restaurants opening in London recently, and all in or around Soho – Tonkotsu (MMM), Bone Daddies (MMM) and now Shoryu Ramen, and I find it quite hard to differentiate between them. I personally think Tonkotsu and Bone Daddies have more character to the place (maybe Shoryu Ramen better food) and I was surprised to see how polite and European and sophisticated Shoryu Ramen was.

Maija rated: 

3.00

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Bone Daddies
31 Peter St W1F 0AR
London
United Kingdom

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I thought this was the best Ramen place in London up until the very last moment when I actually tasted my noodles. Bone Daddies is the latest Japanese noodle restaurant to be opened in Soho (London is going through a mini noodle craze it seems), on a small side street, and Bone Daddies is by far the coolest/ trendiest ramen place in my view. The name of the restaurant apparently can be interpreted in a bit of a sexual way (my boyfriend tells me and had to explain, as little naïve me would not get it), and also on the menu alcohol is divided into "hard" (not so strong alcohol) and "harder" (stronger alcohol) and you can find "Asahi super creamy head" beer on the menu, which I don't think Asahi named in that way.

Maija rated: 

3.00

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Noodles
Schiphol airport 1118 CP
Schiphol
Netherlands

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This ramen noodle place is one of the reasons why I love Schiphol airport in Amsterdam. A few years ago my friend William recommended that on my way home to London when I am in Schiphol airport I should try this ramen noodle place called “noodles”, and ever since every time I am in Schiphol airport I go there (I once almost missed a flight as I had to stop at the noodle place before my flight). The place is like a hut, it is not a restaurant, but just literally a hut serving noodles, with little models of different noodle soups you can order at the front behind a glass window so you can see and chose, which is great, as you always know what you are going to get. London has had a recent “noodle craze” with a lot of noodle restaurants opening up, but this place has been there for years.

Maija rated: 

2.50

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Tonkotsu
63 Dean Street, W1D 4QG
London
United Kingdom

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Tonkotsu is a Japanese Ramen restaurant in Soho, which as many places in Soho has a no reservations policy so you may need to wait when you go there (I went there on a Friday evening and had to wait 20 minutes to be seated). Waiting is actually not that bad as you can watch the chefs plate ramen noodle soups, as they are located just by the entrance. The restaurant occupies two floors and we were seated on the second floor. You may know another very famous noodle restaurant in Soho called Koya, which has been named by many reviews as one of the best Japanese noodle restaurants, and I love Koya (MMMM), so I was very keen to try Tonkotsu, as I had also read somewhere that they served great gyoza, of which I am a huge fan.

 

Maija rated: 

3.00

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Koya
49 Frith Street, W1D 4SG
London
United Kingdom

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I love good noodles, the kind of noodles Kung Fu Panda’s dad makes, and often when I have been craving noodles I go to Wagamama, only to be disappointed by the lack of quality and flavours. So you can imagine how excited I was when I read in a food blog that Koya was one of the best noodle places in London, so on a nice Saturday morning I went there to satisfy my craving for good noodles. 

 

Maija rated: 

4.00
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