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Shoryu Ramen expanding in the West End

Posted on: July 22, 2013

Shoryu Soho

On Piccadilly Circus, you find yourself surrounded by Shoryu Ramen outlets. On Lower Regent Street you’ll find the original branch, which opened late last year. Across the road, next to the Japan Centre, Shoryu Express opened on 9 July, a “rapid, self-service style prototype ramen bar”. And a bit further North, after a successful soft launch, Shoryu Ramen Soho is now open as well.

Not that this is a bad thing of course. Shoryu Ramen Regent Street earned a very respectable 70% Verdict. AA Gill found his ramen “chilli hot and fantastic, big flavours that were quite complicated, with large lumps of pork, interesting bits and pieces”. And the Guardian’s Marina O’Loughlin found that compared to some more westernised ramen joints, “Shoryu is unmistakably the real deal”.

The menu at the Soho branch will be familiar from the original: from the signature Shoryu Ganso Tonkotsu, to the Piri Piri (with chilli) and Dracula (with caramelised black garlic mayu, balsamic vinegar and garlic chips) versions.

For hot Summer days, there are a number of cold ramen options. A Hakata chilled Reimen for example (cold ramen in a chilled sweet-sour soy soup with BBQ pork, nitamago egg, pickled bamboo and fresh vegetables) or the Fire & Ice Salmon Tsukemen (cold ramen with a warm wasabi-tonkotsu dipping sauce, bbq pork, isle of ewe hot smoked salmon and nitamago).

Of course there’s plenty of competition in Soho. From Bone Daddies to Tonkotsu, you’re never far from a steaming bowl of ramen.

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