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Sasuke Ramen

Restaurants, Japanese Leicester Square
3 out of 5 stars

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

A no-frills ramen bar in the no man’s land between Leicester Square and Piccadilly.

The A board that stands outside Sasuke Ramen’s second branch proclaims ‘the spiciest ramen in London – do you dare?’ in the way Alton Towers might advertise its latest multi-looping rollercoaster. Except our Thursday lunchtime visit was more like a lazy river log ride: service was lacklustre considering we were the second of two dining groups, and we were almost forced to instigate a Mexican wave to get the waitress’s attention. But a £12.50 three-course set menu (plus edamame) is not to be sniffed at.

Starters of karaage chicken and pork gyoza came piping hot, and the tonkotsu ramen’s broth was pleasingly rich with a generous portion of nicely chewy noodles. Both this and the seafood-flavoured shio ramen were topped with a thick slice of char siu (braised pork belly). There was even a scoop of strawberry ice cream for dessert – an odd but welcome finale. Being just off Haymarket and two doors down from enduring ramen kings Kanada-Ya might have something to do with Sasuke’s glum atmosphere. But at least you’ll leave here with a full stomach and not so empty wallet.

Sasuke Ramen says
Located in the heart of Soho, just off Shaftesbury Avenue at 32 Great Windmill Street in London, Sasuke offers an exciting combination of traditional and unique ramen, created especially for local customers, using traditional Japanese flavours.

By: Megan Carnegie



Address: 5 Panton St
Transport: Tube: Piccadilly Circus
Price: Lunch for two with service: around £30
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 12-3pm, 6-11pm; Sun closed.
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