Shoryu Ramen

Restaurants , Japanese Piccadilly Circus
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Shoryu Ramen

Second branch of the Hakata ramen restaurant on Regent Street. The Soho spot has a more restaurant-y feel than the canteen-like original. There's the same range of noodles in long-simmered bone broth, plus steamed hirata buns stuffed with juicy pork slices, chilli sauce and mayo.

There is also a saké sommelier Mimi Tokumine, who is often on hand to offer advice to diners. However be warned this is not a bar; arrive on your own and you'll not be seated until the rest of your party arrives, and you need to order a meal to go with your drinks.

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Shoryu Ramen specialises in Hakata tonkotsu ramen from the Hakata district of Fukuoka city on the southern island of Kyushu, Japan. Hakata tonkotsu ramen is a style of ramen made with a thick, rich, white pork soup and thin, straight ramen noodles.
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Venue name: Shoryu Ramen
Address: 3 Denman Street
Opening hours: Open 11.45am-3pm, 5-11.30pm Mon-Fri; 11.45am-3.30pm, 5-11pm Sat; 11.45-3pm, 5-10.30pm Sun.
Transport: Tube: Piccadilly Circus
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I came upon this place as I was meeting a few friends to go and see a film next door and we wanted a bite to eat. A couple commented that they had been here before and enjoyed it and one had been wanting to come for a while. I had no expectation either way but it looked nice. It was actually really great ramen. I had the curry ramen and it was hefty soup,soy milk based,noodles,egg,veg,lots of karachi chicken pieces. A good spicy kick to it too. Really lovely. You also can choose how you would like your noodles from hard,chewy,well cooked,mushy. A great touch. I also tried their buns,which were yummy. They had happy hour on,so we got some cocktails too. My Bellini was very nice but my friends Lychee Martini was just yummy. The staff were absolutely lovely,helpful and attentive. They catered for our busy party of 9,all arriving at different times. What a lovely bunch. Good atmosphere including the waiters banging a gong every time a customer leaves. I would definitely go again  and recommend a visit.

Lizzie W

Ever since I saw their huge bowls of ramen and their Hirata buns through the window of the Carnaby branch I have been dying to go here. 

A friend and I decided to go for dinner before the cinema so chose a restaurant closer to the Piccadilly Vue. On a Friday at 6pm we hadn't booked but were able to walk straight in and get a table (bewarned the whole table must be present, as I was 15 minutes early but they wouldn't seat me until my friend arrived).

The staff are friendly and you receive a warm welcome (including a bang of their gong) on the way in as you pass through their iconic Shoryu curtains which adorn the doors of each restaurant. 

We chose the hottest day of the year for a massive hot bowl of ramen however the restaurant itself was kept cool with air con and luckily the restaurant had plenty of tables so we weren't crammed in even though we were sat on a sharing table.

We had received a flyer while walking down the street for free gyoza each (such luck!) when ordering a bowl of ramen so we decided to take it steady on the buns (needed to save room for cinema snacks!) and just ordered one pork belly bun (£4.50) to share. 

Most of their ramen dishes are based on their tonkotsu pork broth (Each pan takes over 12 hours cooking and is made of collagen, fat, marrow and calcium and combined with 'motodare', a concentrated base of soy and spices to create the final soup) and then laden with thin noodles, which they ask how you would like them cooked (I went for medium). They all contain char siu barbecue pork belly, nitamago egg, kikurage mushrooms, spring onion, sesame, ginger, nori seaweed. The variants from there allow you to get a slightly spicier broth, a broth with lots of garlic, meatier broth and also a choice with seafood or chicken in. 

I chose the Dracula, which has the addition of caramelised garlic mayo and garlic chips sprinkled on top and my friend went for the Kotteri which had a much meatier broth. Both were really really good - filling, warm and HUGE. Neither of us could finish them. I thought there was plenty of pork (which was so tender) however my friend thought there could have been more for the price. My one niggle was the cold egg however I just didn't eat it :). On the table you also have a pot of sesame (which I didn't spill - honest) and a bulb of garlic along with a crusher so you are able to add additional sesame/garlic to your taste, which I thought was a nice touch. 

The pork gyoza are served in a VERY hot skillet but to be honest for me were a little bland and chewy. The only real let down was the pork bun which was cold with a chewy, glaggy bun - I have definitely had better from a few different restaurants in Soho. 

To drink we both stuck to tap water which made the bill with tip a very reasonable £16 each (with free gyoza as well). Although it is £12 per bowl of ramen, I would definitely come again. They are so filling there is no need for any sides so for a delicious tasty dinner out £12 seems reasonable. I will wait to enjoy on my next ramen on a winters evening though. 

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Great little place, quite cosy during peak times especially because you can reserve tables but the nice staff allowed us to stay at the table even though one of our party was running late! 

Food turnaround from ordering to eating was fast! and it tasted amazingly fresh, at first i thought it wouldnt fill me up but i was wrong, i couldnt even finish my fluffy steamed tiger prawn tempura bun.

Next time i might be more adventurous with my choice of food and drink as there is alot of choice on the menu.


Shoryu Ramen has expanded to four branches across London, and I much prefer this to the many ramen competitors. The stock is delicious without feeling oily or sickly, the noodles are springy and obviously freshly made, and the extras are complimenting, depending on which ramen choice you make. They even do a chilled ramen option for those summery & hot days. An extra treat would be to order the fluffy Shoryu (hirata) buns filled with pork belly or tiger prawn tempura. Also I would recommend the chikuwa fishcakes, which are little tubes of fishcake filled with gooey, melted cheese. Drinkswise, if you like lychee & jasmine, you must order the Pinky Lychee Jasmine (iced) Tea.

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One of my favourite ramen spots in London, and there's a lot to choose from! The Tonkotsu is more authentic than most, the saké list is impressive and the steamed buns are great too. There are several types of ramen on offer, all are worth trying but my favourite has to be their signature ramen. Shoryu has a no reservations policy therefore I'd recommend avoiding peak times and stick to a smaller group as there's often a queue down the street. Staff are friendly, the Regent Street venue has a good atmosphere, well worth the wait for a table.

Addyson Pope

I’m addicted to ramen. There, I said it. I’m hooked on the stuff and need a regular fix of bone broth to keep my withdrawal symptoms at bay. The fragrant bowls of steaming liquor provide the ultimate pleasure for my palate. Problem is, I’ve found another delicious supplier to feed my uncontrollable habit. Ramen fever has spread to epidemic proportions in our capital over the past year thanks to the opening of three very different, but hugely popular Japanese tastemakers. Bone Daddies, Tonkotsu and Shoryu have been cooking up vats of the stuff to hungry Londoners with raving success, each gaining a loyal following. After my umpteenth trip to Bone Daddies (I much prefer their broths to Tonkotsu’s) I thought it was about time I gave Shoryu a whirl, and play the ramen field a little. I tipped up at the newest and largest of the two Shoryu branches in Soho and was confronted with a jam-packed restaurant and a queue. Nothing new there then you may say, it is London after all. But this was no ordinary evening; the mercury was tipping 30 degrees, we were in the midst of a freak heat wave and these people were still flocking to dine on piping hot soup - I figured they must be doing something right. Hopes were high. The venue however was underwhelming and predictable, typical ‘pan-Asian’ décor resembled a Busaba Eathai and a Ping Pong interior lovechild. But don’t judge a book by its cover, one glance at menu was enough to forget the stereotypical surroundings and get lost in a watery world of ramen. Larger and more diverse then the original Regent Street offerings, Shoryu had a menu filled with authentic hot soups, hirata buns, yakitori skewers and even cold broths more suited to the sweltering weather outside. Of the three ramen I sampled the ‘Dracula Tonkotsu’ stood out as being the most unusual; bbq pork with roasted black garlic mayu, balsamic vinegar and garlic chips gave it a sweet and tangy taste unlike anything I’ve tried before. The signature ‘Ganso Tonkotsu’ was a clear and light miso broth loaded with the usual trimmings; half boiled egg, seaweed, bamboo shoots and perfectly al dente noodles. My personal favourite, the fiery and rich ‘Tantan Tonkotsu’ packed a serious chilli kick and with its hefty load of minced pork was a much heavier alternative to the others. Not one for the spice-shy I hasten to add. ‘Salted chicken skins’ would have benefited from another 60 seconds cooking, more fatty and soggy than salty and crisp. Cocktails, much like the décor were fitting but not thrilling. I unsuccessfully attempted to cool off by sipping a Shochu sour on the rocks whilst intermittently dabbing stray splatters of chilli-ramen juice (and beads of sweat) from my brow. I may have been hot, but boy was I satisfied. As a ramen obsessive Shoryu had a lot to live up to. The food was much more adventurous than Tonkotsu but the vibe wasn’t as cool as Bone Daddies. In terms of the big three, I’d say it takes an honourable second place in the power struggle to be top of the ramen revolution – others will disagree. It may be tarred with a ‘Japanese junk food’ brush but it sure feels much more wholesome than the usual burger and chips I wolf down after a late night Negroni session, either way I’ll be back for another hit very soon. Looks like I’ll be chasing the ramen dragon for a little while longer. Someone call The Priory, I’m addicted.