Matthew decided to make some tough new years resolutions including trying Timeouts top Ramen places in London. To help him through this difficult time, I have decided to join him on this edeaver. We went to Japan in 2015 and had some of the best Ramen ever and are now seeing if London can compete.
The first place we went to was Shoryu in Soho.
We started with a steamed bun each, I had the Prawn version while Matthew decided to opt for Chicken. Matthew was definitely a better judge of steamed bun, as although I was happy with mine after the first bite, I quickly suggested having half each after seeing his face after his first bite. I was pretty happy with our decision to share as the chicken one was pretty much the best. Matthew was so happy he declared that the sauce was good enough to eat off the counter (while eating some spilt sauce from the bun from the counter).
We aren’t here for the Steamed buns though, we’re here to talk about the Ramen.
Matthew went for the Dracula Tonkotsu, and I went for the Karaka Tan Tan Tonkotsu, both cost £12.50 and are decent portions.
The Karaka Tan Tan Tonkotsu is spicy and comes with a minced pork rather than with char siu BBQ pork which is a shame, because when I was in Japan, I had pretty much the same style of Ramen with the pork included for less money. First taste of the Ramen and I am hit with salt, it tastes very salty, but then the rest of the flavours kick in and you’re left with a decent, if not spectacular Spicy Ramen flavour. One thing I was disappointed with was the egg, you only get 1 half an egg and it doesn’t seem to be the sort of tea stained boiled egg you get in Japan (They use soy sauce and other things to give the white of the egg flavour).
The Dracula Tonkotsu is quite delicious with a super strong flavour of garlic (hence the name). It comes with the char siu that my Ramen lacked and the same half an egg, it also comes topped with ‘garlic chips’. If I could go again, I would go with this Ramen, and remember to bring my toothbrush for afters.
In addition to the food, we also had cocktails. Matthew had the Fuyu Lemon, which is basically lemon and ginger loveliness. I had the Matcha Detox (no alcohol) which was really nice and included matcha green tea powder.
Overall, I would Rate Shoryu
RAM (Out of RAMEN)