A decade ago in London, any Japanese person — or Japanophile — craving this hearty dish of wheat noodles, broth and toppings had very few options. There was Wagamama, which at the time seemed an oasis in the desert, and there were a couple of places along Brewer Street, like beloved Ryo which has sadly moved on. These days however, ramen houses in London seem almost ubiquitous, although many are branches of a bowlful of big players. Most specialise in tonkotsu, a creamy broth made of pork bones simmered for ‘X’ number of hours, and there’s little as satisfying as tonkotsu ramen done well. But there’s more to try out there: While ramen is wholeheartedly adapted and adopted by the Japanese, it is in fact of Chinese derivation; in London, Japanese classics such as shoyu and miso rub shoulders with exciting dishes influenced by Korea, the Philippines, Thailand and the Caribbean. Here are 15 of the best ramen joints in town.
London’s restaurants, pubs, cafes, and bars have reopened for outdoor service from 12 April, with the rule of six in place. Customers can check with individual venues to determine their availability and Covid-secure measures before deciding to visit.Read More