These heady civilised days in London, we are blessed with ramen joints galore. Read about the Boozy Bunch’s opinions on the ramen scene in Ramen Wars.
However, since Koya closed now, we’ve been devoid of a specialist udon restaurant. That’s until Ichiryu opened on New Oxford Street.
I arrived at lunchtime to familiar Japanese greetings being shouted at me by the staff and they also have a drum for extra noise at appropriate moments! It’s a light and airy ambiance.
The udons on the menu were all in a bonito tsuyu soup but I couldn’t resist my favourite tonkotsu soup offering, which came with the usual tonkotsu ramen trimmings. The soup was excellent, the chashu pork was excellent, the ontama egg perfectly creamy but perhaps because I’m a creature of habit, it felt a little odd eating the dish with thicker udon rather than the thin ramen noodles.
I had some excellent prawn tempura on the side and my favourite thing in the restaurant were the boxes of crispy tempura bits on the tables to add to your meal. I could just eat those all day on their own.
I also had a chicken katsu starter and it proved that they know how to deep fry ion this restaurant – super crispy yet moist and not greasy.
Food: ★★★★☆ Service: ★★★★★ Ambiance: ★★★★☆ VFM: ★★★★☆ Overall: ★★★★☆
Price: It’s comparable to ramen restaurants in London
Ichiryu Hakata Udon House
84 New Oxford Street, London WC1A 1HB