Ramen Wars: Cocoro, Marylebone

Way back before the ramen revolution hit London, my first experience of ramen was at Cocoro. It’s a Japanese restaurant just off Oxford Street and on its full menu, they offered ramen.

 My memory of the ramen was a nice soup but dry pork chashu. Just for ramen wars, I decided to return to where it all began.

I hit Cocoro for lunch as they used to have a minimum spend at dinner time. The restaurant has a largely Asian clientele and a more traditional vibe compared to the more rock and roll ambiance of places like Bone Daddies.

 I ordered my favourite tonkotsu ramen but with added pork fat (seabaru option on the menu). You can also get the ramen in a lunch set for £2 extra, where you also get miso soup, 3 appetisers, rice and fruit.

I also took advantage of the fact that Cocoro is a full restaurant by ordering some sashimi – o-toro (fatty tuna belly), hotate (scallop), unagi (eel) and botan shrimp.

 When the ramen arrived, I was reminded of Cocoro’s  unique way of serving ramen with the toppings on a separate plate and the noodles already in the bowl of hot soup. The bowl is probably the most generous-sized bowl of ramen in London. The soup has a good creamy depth, especially with the additional pork fat. The chashu has improved and there were 2 thick slices on the plate though not the fullest flavoured.

  
The sashimi was great as usual. The scallop was really sweet, the unagi rich and the o-toro creamy.

So, onto the marks for Ramen Wars

Noodles: above average but no offer to customise how you like them cooked

Soup base: Cocoro’s broth has always been good and it remains so

Toppings: generous thick slices of chashu and good balance of vegetables. Unusual to serve toppings separately but it allows you to customise your bowl

Egg: the egg was nice but a bit dry

General happiness: it was semi nostalgic to walk back into Cocoro. I do like the Japanese vibe

Noodles: ★★★★☆ Soup: ★★★★★ Toppings: ★★★★☆ Egg: ★★☆☆☆ Happiness: ★★★★☆

So, while Cocoro’s ramen crown has probably been stolen by Bone Daddies, Kanada-Ya or Ippudo, the availability of a wide range of high quality sushi and full Japanese menu adds something not available at the specialist ramen restaurants.

Cocoro
31 Marylebone Lane, London W1U 2NH

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7 Comments Add yours

  1. Christy Zee says:

    Personally, I didn’t enjoy Cocoro’s Tonkotsu broth quite as much, but I do agree that their toppings are great! Love the pictures on this post 🙂

    I recently wrote a review on Cocoro’s Marylebone branch as well, feel free to check it out: https://goo.gl/Oxbdd7. I stumbled across you guys’ blog recently and it always leaves me feeling hungry – haha! If any of you are interested in collaboration/guest blogging opportunities, please feel free to reach out; and even if you’re not, it would be great to connect 🙂

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    1. Yeegan says:

      Hi Christy. Nice review. Are you a big ramen fan?

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      1. Christy Zee says:

        Thank you and hahah, yes, absolutely! 🙂

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      2. Yeegan says:

        Did you agree with the results of our Ramen Wars? Bone Daddies won. Runners up were Kanada Ya, Ippudo and Ramen Seto

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