There really is a countless number of Ramen bars popping up in every corner of London. This time, I found this place by accident (as I was in a nearby Visa Application Centre) and decided to give it a try. The restaurant is pretty big and spacious, thankfully, as I managed to get a seat during the late lunchtime. SHORYU means Rising Dragon, and my hunger rose up as well upon entering and smelling the broth. Let’s see how Shoryu will stand out from other similar ramen bars now!
(this review is a Limited review—means I have not tried all of their choices and it will be updated each time I visit them)
*This review is not sponsored by SHORYU Ramen and I paid for the meals out of my own pocket.
The waitress is a Japanese and she greets me warmly upon entering. After that, she sounds a drum beside her signaling a customer has come, which I think is a tradition in the Kyushu area or maybe it’s just this restaurant’s greeting culture. She gave me several recommendations before leaving.
They served my Genmai- Cha and poured it for me, filling the cup just short of being full. Then, she asked me whether I would need an apron to slurp the ramen later, which I agreed and got one. Most of the staff are friendly and helpful as well.
The Genmai Cha is served in pretty unique teacups and teapot. It has a native Japanese flower theme with simple ancient Japanese art-style. The waitress would pour just the right amount into the cup. I held the cup and could smell the fragrant rice and tea fragrance in unison; this tea is just awesome. The rice taste did not overwhelm the tea and vice versa, leaving only a complementary wonderful earthy aroma.
Next, comes the Gyoza, of which there is only 1 type available in either 3 pieces or 6, I chose the former. Scallions and ginger are spread on top of the stickered gyoza with its sauce in a separate container. The black pot is still hot as to ensure the gyoza stays warm till the ramen arrived. It’s filled with minced pork meat and tasted great with the sauce, which I mixed with the ginger. The scallion gave a refreshing taste when eaten together. Although this was not the best gyoza I had eaten, it served as a decent starter before your ramen. It could have been better if they made the flavour of the meat stronger or adding more oil for the extra skin crispiness which I love, but they probably appealed more to the health-conscious customers.
Then, comes the main dish, which is the Ramen itself. I ordered their Signature Ramen, which is Tonkotsu-based broth with cha-shuu, bamboo, eggs, nori and some fried shallots. You can choose different firmness for the noodle and I went with the recommended Hard. And DAMN! These noodles are springy, chewy and great tasting, which leads me to the broth: they were so, so deliciously rich! It looks like a heavy broth at a glance, but not as much as I thought. I could keep drinking the broth alone as it stroke a perfect balance between heavy and light, and it kept arousing my appetite from each slurp. Combined this with the noodles and almost-melt-in-mouth cha-shuu, it became a heavenly combination in my mouth. One notable mention is the fried shallots, as they provided a different texture and taste when you add it to the combination, making each mouthful a new tasting experience. Safe to say, this is one of the best ramens I have ever tasted in London!
Finally, we come to the Dessert of which I had chosen the Yuzu- Cheesecake. It’a simple dish with some Yuzu spread out on top and have a nutty base. I took a small portion and could taste black sesame base which was pretty pronounced. It contrasted with the slightly sour cheese and complemented with the slightly sweet Yuzu. Together, they tasted just as I expected. Although, it was nothing exceptional but it was pretty decent. This is not a must-try but I would say it appeals to most customers.