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Ippudo Canary Wharf

Restaurants, Japanese Canary Wharf
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Ming Tang-EvansIppudo Canary Wharf, Unit CR 28, Level Minus One, Crossrail Station and Retail Mall, 1 Crossrail Place, London E14 5AR, tel 020 3326 9485
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Time Out says

This Canary Wharf ramen joint is the second London branch of the popular Japanese chain specialising in the noodle soup dish. It's a follow-up to the Ippudo on Central Saint Giles Piazza, and now one of more than 130 worldwide. 

It's not just about the ramen, though. Starters range from edamame, homemade celery pickles and chicken wings glazed with the house black pepper sauce to tofu with spring onions, anchovies and salted kelp. Hirata buns and gyoza also feature.

The ramens on offer include spiny tonkotsu broths with simmered pork belly or a soft boiled egg marinated in chashu sauce, a vegetable version with a seaweed and mushroom dashi broth, and akamaru – a tonkotsu beefed up with miso paste and garlic oil. 

Ippudo Canary Wharf says
Passion. Spirit. Legacy. IPPUDO, first founded in Japan in 1985, an internationally acclaimed joint, strives to share smiles through their ramen. Creamy tonkotsu broth, home-made noodles, and fresh toppings – a simple definition of comfort food, all in one bowl!

Canary Wharf branch, right in the very heart of business district, will welcome you with fast service and vibrant ambience. It is a perfect spot for a quick power lunch with a team, as well as a calming dinner, where you can recharge after a long day of meetings. So sit back, relax, and sink into the most authentic ramen experience you can ask for, slurping your noodles out loud.

The menu also includes a wide variety of appetisers, as well as vegetarian, and gluten-free options.

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Address: Unit CR 28
Crossrail Station and Retail Mall
Level Minus One
1 Crossrail Place
London
E14 5AR
Transport: Tube: West India Quay or Canary Wharf
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Opening hours: Mon-Wed 11.30am- 22pm; Thur-Fri 11.30am- 11.30pm; Sat 11.30am-10pm; Sun & Bank holidays 11.30am- 9pm
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3 out of 5 stars

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I am working at the restaurant, the service charge you’re paying doesn’t go to the staff but just to the company! Please ask to remove it and give the same amount in tips so they can go to the staff who actually served you!

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tastemaker

Finally tried Ippudo! I'm not often in the mood for ramen, but when it's summer in London, you never know when those grey clouds and breeze will come back. I was easily convinced to go for a bowl of warm soup noodles last week with my friend. I thought this branch was quite busy, evidently with the work crowds at Canary. But we were seated rather quickly and it didn't take long for our food and drinks to arrive. 


I went for a bowl of the Original Ramen. This comes as a generous bowl of ramen cooked perfectly (still spring-y and had a good bounce) and filled with the most flavourful soup you can imagine. The creaminess of the soup is evident by simply looking at it and it's just so hearty, a great comfort food! It was filled with vegetables and delicious slices of fatty pork. As there was a lunch time deal, I couldn't say no. I added a plate of Fried Dumplings. These came with a sweet and spicy homemade sauce, which my friend adores! A good crisp on the dumplings without tasting overly greasy from the oil. 


Overall, a great meal and definitely a restaurant I'll be coming back to. Though, perhaps not this branch as it does get quite loud and busy at weekday lunches. On our way out, I noticed that the high-stool bar seats had actual ramen noodles under the table, which I thought was a cool way to decorate!


Myself and my partner visited the cross rail place branch. We arrived early lunchtime bang on 12 and were seated promptly. The place filled up and the people who were sat around us and arrived after us had their orders taken and their drinks brought. We waited about 15 mins but we were only had the hour (pretty normal for Canary Wharf) and couldn’t hang about. I caught the waiters eye and he waved me away. My partner caught a waitress and she just said “wait”. We thought this was pretty rude. We waited 5 more minutes and then gave up and left. Can’t vouch for the food, but we won’t be going back.

tastemaker

I have tried a few ramens in London and Ippudo is my favourite, hands down. The broth is rich and yummy and the noodles are cooked perfectly. I also love the fact you can have a side of garlic cloves with your own garlic crusher. They also do the most amazing pork buns. My only criticisms for Ippudo would be that the music they play is a bit strange for the theme of the restaurant (Miley Cirus - Party in the USA????) and the fact you probably won't end up sitting together if you are in a group of 4 or more. Delicious ramen though!

tastemaker

This may sound a bit strange but I go to Ippudo for their chicken kara age! Ippudo does great side dishes and their chicken kara age is up there as one of my favourites in London. I also love their home made celery pickles and pickled cucumber. Ippudo has a good variety of ramen dishes to choose from but I find their specials (with the kakara spicy miso paste) on the saltier side so tend to stay clear. I stick to the classic ramen with original pork broth and the vegetarian miso broth which are both satisfying and perfect on cold evenings. All in all, Ippudo's a good solid choice for a quick lunch or dinner if you're in the mood for a hearty ramen meal (and Japanese fried chicken!).


I like the feel of the place, I wouldn't say they have the best ramen in town or the most extensive menu, but it's still good comfort food for me. As for their Japanese - a few of the staff members are actually Japanese, I've spoken to them in Japanese and they're always happy to see someone who is fluent in their mother tongue. I love that they have Calpis (Calpico) and the houjicha dessert is delicious. Maybe slightly overpriced, but not bad set menu options.


I don't get the hype of this place, please don't try to speak Japanese if you aren't going to speak it correctly. The best ramen joint in London is Kanada-ya or Shoryu, this is just not worth it. 

Tastemaker

Ippudo was ok.  The restaurant was almost empty when I arrived at 6.15pm on a Tuesday, they refused to seat me until the whole party arrived which I found a bit frustrating.  I understand the policy when it is busy but when it is empty surely it is better to have customers sitting and having a drink or two before their meal than just sitting and waiting (and contemplating going elsewhere where they can be seated at a table!). Anyway, I digress... When we were seated, service was quick and we received our drinks in a few minutes, food followed shortly after.  Everything we at was decent, nothing spectacular but more than edible.  The vegetarian Yakisoba is really more of a side dish than a vegetarian meal. It is just a pile of the noodles, delicious but not to be confused with someone's actual dinner!  The only time we struggled to get the attention of a staff member was when we were trying to get the bill.  The atmosphere is quite non existent and I don't think you would ever stay there for longer than an hour. Perhaps that is what they are going for.  All in all, good if you want somewhere for a quick cheap bite in Canary Wharf but definitely not worth travelling to and if you want a better over dining experience there are plenty of better choices in Crossrail place.


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Nice venue with some very nice modern Japanese decor. Seated quickly. The ambience isn't very authentic and the staff are not impolite, but lack a some of the polite Japanese manners you would expect. They weren't very knowledgeable about the dishes. Basically read to me what was on the menu. 


I always prefer a restaurant that has a menu with a select few options, so my expectations were pretty high. I was a little disappointed as the food was ok, but nothing special. It arrived promptly and in the order of our choosing. It is also fairly cheap and the portions are generous. 


Would I go again? Yes, probably. 

Would I go out my way though? Probably not.

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Tastemaker

The new outpost of this Japanese ramen group has finally opened its doors at Cross Rail Place. The layout of this restaurant is set up for small groups stopping by for quick ramen by the noodle bar or at one of the tables. On the day I visited, there was a queue of Canary Wharf workers. Larger groups had to wait much longer to be seated. I had the signature Akamaru ramen. It arrived with a rich broth, char siu pork, garlic oil and red chilli paste. The texture of noodles was perfect being al dente but not too thick. However, it was too salty even for a rich broth. When staff was given feedback about the dish, he explained it was the way it was supposed to be but they may need to customise it in the future. The same dish from St Giles branch did not have this issue. This place is great if you happen to be in the area. Otherwise, there are other options in London. It has a few teething problems which hopefully gets ironed out soon.