Last week we went to Shoryu Soho the first of our adventure to try as much Ramen in London as possible this year. On our way home, we decided to walk towards Piccadilly Circus (Matthew wanted a cinnabon). On the way we walked past some lovely red lanterns and I was drawn back towards them like a cat to a box. We had a look at the menu and noticed it sold Ramen, along with a lot of other authentic looking Japanese food. We decided there and then that this would be our next Ramen Review.
We didn’t book a table, and arrived at about 6PM. It wasn’t too busy so we got a table straight away. I got there first and so sat alone for 5 minutes taking pictures of things while listening to the authentic Japanese musics (there were two songs on at the same time for extra authenticity).
Matthew arrived and we looked through the menu, I decided to try the Tako Karaage which is basically deep fried octopus. Matthew got chicken Gyoza which he got a taste for during our visit to Japan. I ordered the spicy ramen and Matthew had the Pork Ramen. We also got a medium cold sake to share. When the sake arrived, it came with a small starting salad covered in what can only be described as “Yaaaaaas dressing”
I have only ever had Tako Karrage at Yo Sushi, I didn’t get to try it while in Japan. This was…similar, but a bit of a mixed bag. It tastes fresher, and unlike at Yo Sushi, you get tentacles and everything. Some of the pieces were delicious, and the texture was incredible, while others were so chewy that I felt like I was losing weight while chewing.
Matthew’s chicken gyoza was decent, I had one of them and can safely say they are a safe choice with little reward, but little risk.
Within 5 minutes of finishing our starters, our Ramen came. These Ramen looked proper authentic with one exception. THAT EGG, it’s just a boiled egg cut in half. This is not what I came to expect from Ramen, I expect a sort of brown egg with a medium-soft yolk. I was disappointed immediately before even tasting the broth.
I then tasted the broth, it was delicious…I can forgive the egg, but I won’t forget the egg.
This thing tasted really good though, it was just spicy enough without being off putting. The noodles were cooked to perfection, but not my favourite type of noodle (slightly too super noodles like for me) and the greens were just like Japan. The pork was decent, but not a highlight. The egg was awful and I was right to be disappointed.
Matthew had the pork Ramen, we think… He ordered it, and it had Pork in it, but the lady kept calling if beef so we’re not entirely sure. He wasn’t as impressed with his Ramen, and after tasting it I can understand why, it’s as a bit bland in comparison to mine, but it was very similar in taste to several places we had ramen in when we visited Japan so I think it was pretty authentic.
I am using the word authentic a lot. I have had better everything from other places I’ve been to, but this was probably the most authentic Japanese experience you can get if you’re looking for the type of food you get when you’re in a village near a temple a few miles out of Kyoto, because this is the type of food you get.
When we asked for the receipt it came promptly with a slice of orange!
We are trying Ramen, and Ramen was only one of the many dishes that Lingo serve. I would love to go back and try one of their platters and see how that compares.
After visiting Lingo, I have decided that I need to change my rating system. I can’t just talk about how good the Ramen is, there’s more to it than that. So there are now two ratings, I have gone back to my previous review of Shoryu and updated that.
I rate Lingo
RA (out of RAMEN)
AUTHENT (out of AUTHENTIC)