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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.
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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