Filling and inexpensive, ramen has garnered a cult following in east Asia and the US. But only relatively recently have appetites for milky broths and springy noodles made made their way to London. Here are a few of the restaurants who are making sure these cravings don’t go unchecked.
Kanada-Ya, multiple locations
A graduate of ramen school in Japan, Kanada Kazuhiro set up his first restaurant in Yukuhashi two decades ago. In 2014, he opened his first London outpost, dedicated to exporting a ramen recipe largely of his own creation – the Tonkotsu X, a chicken and pork hybrid bone broth with pork belly, wood ear fungus, and seaweed. Clearly, it hits the spot – they open their third site, on Upper Street, next month.
Bone Daddies, multiple locations
It wasn’t that long ago that Japanese food carried certain connotations. Conveyor belt sushi bars, £300-a-head restaurants, and an affinity for dining on poisonous fish. So when Ross Shonhan hung up his Zuma whites, he wanted to change that. What resulted was Bone Daddies, a restaurant (now restaurants) harbouring the kind of rock n’ roll vibes reflective of Shonhan’s Japanese soul food philosophy.Continue Reading