Ramen is officially the most fashionable food.
And we don’t mean because it’s trendy to eat ramen—that goes without saying—but because it’s the food that people most want on their clothes. Yes, phở real. Hey, nothing screams “I HAVE TOTALLY BOSSED TODAY’S OUTFIT!” quite like a bowl of noodley broth on the back of your shirt, am I right?
Anyway, I digress. We’ve highlighted five of London’s best ramen restaurants, so go and buy yourself a new ramen-print jumper (this one’s my personal favourite), and slurp away unabashedly.
Tonkotsu is known for its ramen and its whiskey. (Their Mare Street branch has over 60 whiskies behind the bar.) Choose anything from their namesake Tonkotsu ramen with pork belly, to their vegetarian curried pumpkin and spiced corn ramen. Oh and they actively encourage slurping, so don’t worry about seeming impolite.
Find Tonkotsu in various locations across London. More info on their website.
Written by Tabby Powell-Tuck
Is this the mother of all hangover cures? Quite possibly. New York inspired Japanese noodle joint, Bone Daddies, wins every time with their gutsy, thick soup dishes that put fire in your belly and a spring in your step. We go for the spicy chicken Tantanmen when we’re in need of a lift – the egg yolk is so orange, it’s like sunshine in a bowl. Their Steamed Chill Chashu Pork Buns – great pillowy soft pockets of goodness – are also the perfect antidote to Sunday-night-blues.
Find Bone Daddies in various locations across London. More info on their website.
Three-time winner of the very prestigious Ramen King Finals, IPPUDO has an excellent reputation all over the world. Their beautiful bowls of creamy broth are all made with homemade noodles and carefully selected ingredients, and everything from the minute you enter the restaurant to the moment you leave is totally authentic.
Find IPPUDO at various locations across London. More info on their website.
Written by Lucy Bloxham
Kanada-Ya has a huge (and very well-deserved) reputation amongst ramen-loving Londoners…resulting in lengthy mealtime queues outside of its door. But whatever you do, do not let this put you off. Pork bones are simmered for 18 hours to create the rich and seriously smooth tonkotsu broth. Homemade thin wheat noodles are then bowled and the toppings range from pork belly slices to pork belly and blanched beansprouts or pork collar (so don’t come if you don’t like pork). There is also a range of Onigiri (Japanese rice balls wrapped in Nori). Founded first in Yukuhashi, Japan, before being brought over – this is as authentic, and tasty, as it gets.
Find Kanada-Ya in various locations across London. More info on their website.
Shoryu’s menu is brimming with excellent dishes; all served with oodles of noodles, that can be cooked exactly how you like them. We thoroughly recommend going for one of their 12-hour pork broth ramen, aka Tonkotsu. They all come topped with char siu barbecue pork belly, plus all the trimmings.
Find Shoryu at various locations across London. More info on their website.