Note: In June 2015, Koi Ramen moved location to become a permanent part of Pop Brixton.
The Time Out Eating and Drinking Editors
Koi might be the word for carp in Japanese, but as any sushi master will know there’s more than one way to fillet a fish, so here it means something completely different. The owners of this street stall in Brixton are convinced the UK is about to fall head over heels for the Japanese version of noodles in soup, so they named their stall ‘in love’. But that’s enough carping on about names, let's talk noodles.
There are just two options on the menu – classic tonkotsu (12-hour-simmered pork bone broth) ramen, served with tender, char-grilled pork belly slices, bouncy noodles and crunchy kikurage (cloud ear) mushrooms. And a vegan ‘mellow miso’ version with fried tofu, shredded carrot and spring onion.
The milky white tonkotsu broth was a perfect balance of creamy and savoury flavours with a hint of sweetness – just as you’d find in Japan. True to the owners's predictions, I’m hooked. This is ramen as it should be.
|Venue name:||Koi Ramen Bar||Contact:|
53 Brixton Station Road
|Opening hours:||11am-4pm Fri, Sat only.|
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One of these just opened up in Tooting Market as well and it's honest to god the best Ramen I've ever had. Always add the optional marinated egg!
The dumplings are also pure bliss.
I went to Koi last Tuesday, stumbled across by accident wandering around pop Brixton. Ramen taste is balanced and authentic, without the high price tag of the ramen shops in the west end. It is £6 vs £11 at Shoryu, making it more affordable like Japan. Noodles are fresh not frozen and the broth tastes like it had been cooked overnight, not too creamy or salty. Tip - worth adding the egg for 50p!