A second branch of the popular Japanese ramen restaurant Kanada-Ya.
The almost constant queue outside the original Kanada-Ya in Covent Garden, gives a hint as to how well these guys know their way around a ramen. This second branch, in Soho, should theoretically make getting your lips on one a little easier. But don't count on it.
Here, as at the original, the speciality is tonkotsu ramen, with a broth made from pork bones simmered for 18 hours. The 'original' adds hand-pulled noodles (cooked to order: extra firm, firm, regular or soft), chashu pork, wood ear mushroom, nori and spring onion. You can also add more noodles, ma-yu (a charred black garlic sauce), karamiso (a spicy red miso paste), extra nori or a hanjuku egg.
The Haymarket branch extends the ramen offer with a broth made from corn-fed chicken bones, another with a porcini truffle paste and a vegetarian option made with a broth made from porcini and soya milk. Karaage, gyoza and korokke also feature.
Variations of London’s most popular ramen include Tonkotsu X (pork & corn-fed chicken bone broth and chashu pork belly – exclusive to London!), the extremely popular Gekikara (pork & corn-fed chicken broth with spicy ‘tan-tan’ minced pork belly chashu), Chicken Paitan (corn-fed chicken bone broth with chashu pork collar) and Vegetarian Ramen. Small plates of Japanese fried chicken, Truffle Edamame, Seared Chashu Pork Belly and Ongiri are also available.
3 Panton Street
|Opening hours:||Mon - Sat 12pm - 3pm 5pm - 1030pm Sunday 12pm - 830pm|
|Transport:||Tube: Piccadilly Circus|
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Had a great early meal at Kanada-Ya before heading to the cinemas nearby. We booked about a week ahead and when we arrived there was already a huge queue, so definitely book if you can! It's the main bonus of this venue over the Covent Garden one.
I thought the ramen was delicious but was slightly annoyed I had to pay extra for the egg... that's the best bit! We also tried the rice balls which were super tasty. It ended up being about £18 per person for a shared starter, main and an egg.
I will definitely be back :)
Amazing, spiritual experience! Not completely authentic, but certainly a surprising and heartwarming experience!
I never thought I'd be wooed by a bowl of ramen, but Kanada-Ya got me good. I wasn't familiar with the chain, but I popped into this new branch with a friend last month on a recommendation. The laid-back venue was packed, which was clearly a good sign. They take their ramen very seriously here too. You have to choose how you'd like your noodles (firm, extra-firm, regular or soft), a choice of slow-cooked broth and various topping or extras which, if you're into this stuff, you'll naturally know what to go for. If not, the service is friendly enough to lend a helping hand - and thankfully, we both enjoyed gigantic bowls of "Chashu-men" which was so tasty, I'd happily go back for more. And for what you get, the prices are good.