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.
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.
Unit CR 28
Crossrail Station and Retail Mall
Level Minus One
1 Crossrail Place
|Transport:||Tube: West India Quay or Canary Wharf|
|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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Users say (11)
Average User Rating
3.1 / 5
- 5 star:1
- 4 star:4
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- 2 star:1
- 1 star:2
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!
THINK ABOUT THAT!
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.
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.
Quick & Easy
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.