Ramengeddon is alive and kicking. If you eat out in London, these are the noodle soups worth slurping

If you live in London and love soup, unless you’ve been living under a blanket of egg fried noodles you’ll have noticed an outbreak of ramen restaurants popping up all over the capital.

 

Noodle broth has been taken to new dizzying heights – we’re talking bone broth, that’s 18 hours of simmering piggy or chicken bones (mushrooms for the veggies) which results in a liquid full of meatiness. The Japanese soup for the soul has never been more trendy – or worthy.

 

Don’t be ashamed to slurp – and maybe grab a napkin or two.


Bone Daddies

We’re talking rich, gutsy ramen here. Granted, this isn’t your average noodle bar, you get greeted with blaring rock music on arrival for one.

 

Their ramens are made with either chicken broth, mushroom broth (for the veggies) or a 20-hour simmered pork bone broth and are as warming as they are wholesome.

 

This will burst through the worst of hangovers.


Where: Soho
How much: from £9
We say: not one to bring a date to (unless you both have particularly loud voices) but you won’t get a richer ramen in London

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​Ippudo

Ever so slightly like sitting in a goldfish bowl with over-attentive staff, Ippudo isn’t somewhere you go to waste time or faff about with side dishes. You come here for ramen, maybe some sake, and then you leave. That’s the deal and it’s a good one.

 

The ramen menu is short and sweet with pork broth or seaweed broth for the veggies. There’s a good selection of toppings too: boiled or poached egg, bamboo shoots, takana leaf mustard and pork belly chashu (barbecued), to name a few.

 

Where: West End
How much: from £10
We say: queues can be long and it’s easy to rack up a hefty bill sipping sake and starters while you wait for a table. Keep your head in the game: you came here for ramen

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Kanada-Ya

You’ve got to get your head around the fact that you’re going to have to queue because a) you will and b) it’s worth it.

 

Pork bones are simmered for 18 hours to create their smooth and savoury tonkotsu broth and bowls are then filled with thin homemade wheat noodles (cooked to your specification: super firm? Super soft? Your choice) and topped with either pork collar or blanched beansprouts. You can also add ma-yu (charred black garlic sauce), karamiso (spicy red miso paste), and egg or extra nor (gold label seaweed) to your bowl of goodness.

 

Where: West End
How much: from £10
We say: this isn’t the spot for a leisurely meal but it will be a good meal

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Sasuke

If you’re looking to enjoy your ramen in a more peaceful setting, Sasuke is all white walls and wooden tables. The spicy miso chashu ramen, with its chilli pork and chilli kick to the broth, is worth a try – as are the gyoza.

 

Where: Central London
How much: £11.90 – £13.90
We say: this is at the more expensive end of the ramen spectrum. If you add a soft boiled egg then you’ll cross over £15

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Tonkotsu

You’re really going here for the stock: a creamy, pork bone broth that’s cloudy with a milky texture. Try the Tonkotsu ramen: silky noodles, slices of tender pork belly and half a seasoned soft-boiled egg.

 

Where: Soho
How much: £11
We say: a bowl of this will make a bad day good

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​Shoryu Ramen

If you need your noodles in a hurry, this is the place to go. Specialising in tonkotsu ramen, the broth is long-simmered, the noodles bouncy and there’s a good selection of options: pork marinated in white miso, barbecued pork belly, chicken karaage, kimchi.

 

Where: 3 branches in the West End
How much: from £9
We say: their Soho offering is worth a trip for their selection of sake alone (they also have a sake sommelier) – but you won’t be seated unless you’re eating. 

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Have we missed your favourite? Let us know where you think the best place to go for ramen noodles is in the comments box below or tweet us @Homemade