Ramen Wars: The best Ramen in London!

It’s been a full and wondrous week of ramen wars here at the Boozy Bunch.  The battle between London’s ramen joints have been well fought- some even winning ramen hater Grant over! But as with all good battles (or so we are taught in fairy tales), when ramen wars come to an end, there will…

Ramen Wars: Sasuke Ramen, Soho

I’ve decided to give ramen another chance. There, I’ve said it. As much as I hated on ramen, it’s definitely not as bad as my first two experiences. And I do really like the noodles, I mean I even made my own version of the ramen burger. That being said, I think I’ve realized I…

Ramen Wars: Tonkotsu, Notting Hill- I wished I was at Bone Daddies

I’ve had a pretty interesting school day today. I’m currently doing a course on myofascial release (seen as the “scientific” answer and the missing link to massage and bodywork) and some crazyass shit happened.  See, there’s this school of thought that all our cells have memories and therefore we can hold on to physical and…

Ramen Wars: Ittenbari Soho

It’s Ramen Wars! The next contender is Ittenbari Soho, a small and spartan Ramen house just off Piccadilly Circus. Ittenbari was actually one of the first ramen joints I tried in London (back in the good ol’ days of Ramen Club organised by the effervescent Josy) and I remember it fondly. So, naturally, I needed…

Ramen Wars: Seto, Camden

I have a confession: I’m new to the ramen scene, and mostly my experience has been underwhelming. I had been to both Shoryu and Tonkotsu, and I found both of the bowls of ramen to be overpriced and boring. The tonkotsu broth was rich and fatty, but so incredibly bland that the only thing that…

Ramen Wars: Shoryu Soho

This, my dear friends, is the season of Ramen. I love it that London has so many Ramen joints and not just Japanese restaurants that offer Ramen soup. During my recent Berlin visit I only found one place to offer Ramen. It’s great living in such a metropolitan city like London. Anyway, it’s cold out there (sometimes). And when…

Ramen Wars: Dozo Sushi, Soho

Ohhhhhhh Raaaaaamen …daaaaaada …. Ohhhhh Raaaaamen … dadadadaaaaa In my imagination these are the first words in a favourite song of mine…which I just made up. Somehow it doesn’t read as well as it sounds in my head. How about some nice pictures of über-stuffed bowls of Ramen-Soup? Yeah, I thought you would like that….

Ramen Wars: Kanada Ya, Haymarket

I remember the dark pre-ramen days of London. I’m a sucker for noodles in soup – laksa, pho, wonton soup noodles all float my boat. So, when I first tasted ramen at Ippudo in New York, my mind was blown. I specifically love tonkotsu ramen where the pork bones are boiled for 18+hours to get…

Ramen Wars: Muga, Haymarket

I ate at Muga when it first opened but the food didn’t make a good impression. For the sake of Ramen Wars, I made a re-visit. So, would they have raised their game?  Seats were aplenty at 12.40 on Friday lunchtime. I chose a seat at the bar, my favourite spot to watch the chefs…

Ramen Wars: Ippudo Canary Wharf

Ramen wars continue and my next stop was Ippudo Canary Wharf. I never made it there during my trips to NYC, so I was excited when in came to London and even more so once the Crossrail location opened up as it makes a brilliant lunch spot. My fellow Boozy Buncher, Yee Gan, maintains it’s…

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…

Ramen Wars: Bone Daddies, Soho – better than Tokyo

If you’ve just fired up Googlemaps for directions to Tokyo, thinking “WTF, is that some new ramen joint in Dalston I’ve never heard of?  How did this pass me by?  Cordelia!  Pass me my bloody iPhone and get us a table for two this VERY INSTANT” then just hold your horses. I mean the actual Tokyo.  Yeah, the one in…