I love noodles a lot. I used to eat them in such large quantities that, in my early 20s, I developed a mineral deficiency and started craving gravel (true story, Google ‘pica’). In the end, I learnt to mix more fruit and veg and other cuisines into my diet to correct the balance. However, my love of noodles has never waned… so much so that I got a t-shirt embroidered with noodles on it for my birthday last week.
I have always wanted to created a go-to noodle list, so here it is. Enjoy, slurp noodles, and let us know how it goes. Just make sure to balance it out with your five a day.
Supa Ya Ramen
Opening on Friday 3 September, Supa Ya Ramen is set to be the king of noodle making. The new spot on Kingsland Road will be an intimate 20 seater ramen bar serving up a menu ramen bowls and a selection of small plates and side dishes. Slurp up handmade ramen in sloppy chicken stock, house soy and Iberico pork fat with toppings of pickles, fudgy egg and fried garlic.
The chef behind the concept is Luke Findlay who has worked at some of London’s top restaurants, including The Hand & Flowers, NOPI and Patty & Bun.
Tonkotsu has plenty of practice serving up noodles to the massive with outposts at all ends of the country from Birmingham to Brighton. Our favourite place to call in for a ramen is in Battersea Power Station. Order a bowl of the Tonkotsu signature pork broth and tuck into thin-cut homemade noodles topped with roast pork belly, bamboo shoots, spring onions, burnt garlic oil and egg. Apparently, the key to their success is cooking the noodles for exactly 32 seconds.
And they have another string to their bow coming on the 18 September in Kentish Town. More noodles fo everyone!
Where: Multiple locations
Noodle specialists Shoryu Ramen have sites in Liverpool Street, Covent Garden, Soho and Balham to name but a few.
Satisfy your noodle cravings with Shoryu’s signature serves. Also, if you’re looking to recreate their dishes at home, order in one of their DIY kits.
Where: Multiple locations
Maruhame Udon launched a restaurant in Spitalfields in July and they’re at it again, only this time it will be at the O2. Be ready for more delicious beef udon to lap up. Signature dishes include Beef Nikutama, udon with beef and caramelised onions in a dashi broth with a poached Onsen egg and Two-pork Tonkotsu, which is udon with charsu pork, spicy miso pork mince in a rich tonkotsu style soup topped off with a poached Onsen egg.
Where: 114 Middlesex Street, Liverpool Street, E1 7JH
Anyone who knows anything about noodles, should know that the connoisseurs are from Japan. So what better place to get your fill than at Japan House on Kensington High Street.
They serve up Japanese delights at their takeaway bar on the ground floor as well as a whole host of other delicacies in the Akira restaurant. There are wagyu beef noodles and fried chicken noodles to keep you content.
Where: 101-111 Kensington High Street, W8 5SA