Hakata Ramen + Bar
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An informal, no-bookings ramen joint in Bermondsey.
Hakata oozes the essence of a Tokyo izakaya (Japanese pub), only with a dollop of Bermondsey gentrification. The food, all fairly cheap, is pretty good. A huge bowl of tonkotsu ramen was adorned with a regulation half egg, pickled ginger and spring onion. It was creamy, the hard noodles holding their bite (you can choose from soft, hard or very hard), and the pork tender. It seemed a tad bland at first, but was easily spruced up with the chilli paste and sesame seeds on the table.
Later, a portion of tebasaki (Japanese fried chicken wings) came slathered in gochugaru, a Korean red-pepper-based seasoning. Sticky and sweet, the chicken was fantastically juicy within and crisp on the outside. The aubergine katsu hirata (steamed soft bun) was also a hit, despite its excessively sugary sauce.
There were bigger niggles. Prawn gyoza were decent, nicely fried on one side, but there were upsettingly few of the promised crustacean among the vegetable mush. And, while the chicken in the katsu sando (Japanese sandwich) had a good, crunchy crumb coating, there wasn’t enough to fill the thick brioche-style slices. Still, this place has nailed the basics: a bubbly atmosphere and hearty food.
We also offer a large selection of Vegan ramen and other menu items and we can provide Gluten-Free menu options upon request. We use premium quality authentic Japanese and Asian ingredients, fresh British meats and local fresh produce as much as possible.
Downstairs in our basement we have a cosy & intimate ‘izakaya’. An izakaya is traditionally a bar or pub which also serves a selection of good food. Our izakaya vibe is part NYC ‘Speakeasy’ & part Tokyo ‘Dive Bar’, serving Japanese-inspired cocktails, sake, craft beer, wine & premium spirits.
Our cocktails are unique to HAKATA, skilfully created by Ginger Zerbetto using Japanese ingredients and influences. Try a ‘Tokyo Negroni’, a ‘Giesha Kiss’ or a ‘Yuzu Mojito’ for example. All our drink products are, as much as possible, locally produced, vegan, organic and free from artificial additives and chemicals.
Sorry, we don't accept reservations for our restaurant.
Revised Opening Times as of 5th August 2020:
Mon - Thu : 17:00-22:00
Fri : 12:00-15:00 / 17:00-22:00
Sat & Sun: 12:00-22:00
Izakaya / Basement Bar
CLOSED until further notice
We are family friendly & dogs welcome