"The ramen is so consistently excellent they should put a Shoryu on every corner..."Review Rating: Reviewed by T.A.O
It’s in the bones according to the slogan at the Japanese Centre’s Regent Street branch of Shoryu and as ramen connoisseurs – even if we do say so ourselves – you can certainly taste the slow cooked richness that fills that meaty tonkotsu broth. Located on a quiet, tourist-centric strip of Regent Street with Planet Hollywood as a nearby neighbour, this branch of Shoryu is, strangely, probably its quietest. Featuring the same laid back atmosphere, happy staff and traditional touches - like the pounding drums bashed on arrival and departure in a nod to the Japanese tradition – that make the Soho and Carnaby Street branches such great places to eat, this branch succeeds in adding to the already simple pleasure of being able to eat Shoryu’s awesome ramen. Our only drawback is the décor’s uncanny impression of a Starbucks, which does nothing for the dining experience.
The usual tonkotsu dishes are present and we would recommend the extra thick, double egg goodness of the Kotteri Hakata ramen for first-timers. On this occasion we came over all bold and veered from tried and tested perfection for a taste of the limited edition Summer Yuzu Hiyashi. A cold ramen, the complimentary combination of sesame-soy dressing, nutty chilli yuzu chutney and char siu pork over noodles should give this dish a shout at being added to the full menu.
Summer cocktails were also available and while we naturally sank a couple of frozen-head Kirins from draught we found room to indulge. Both the Tokyo Sunset and the Okinawa were the types of fruity warm weather drinks that mask the presence of alcohol – a good or bad thing depending on your viewpoint. We preferred the Okinawa thanks to the sweet shochu and amaretto combo that saw it disappear in under five minutes. Oops.
As Shoryu keeps spreading, we say keep going because if the Japanese comfort food stays as good as this then why not put one on every corner. But let’s just try and steer things away from that Starbucks interior vibe.
T.A.O reviewed Shoryu Ramen on Tue 15 Sep 2015Review disclosure: reviewer was invited to review