Restaurants, Japanese Camden Town
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Noodles in soup stock might seem like a simple concept, but finding a decent bowl of ramen, one of Japan’s many noodle soup varieties, can prove tricky in London at times.

This relocated Japanese caff, formerly Ramen Seto in Soho, don't do a bad job. There are a few varieties on offer like soya sauce (shoyu), miso and Korean pickled cabbage (kimchi). All are made with an earthy chicken and pork bone broth and filled with pleasingly chewy noodles. Another ramen shop staple, pork gyoza dumplings, make a good choice too with crisp bottoms and bouncy wrappers.

Also available are a range of set meals like teriyaki, tempura or sashimi served with rice and miso soup none of which will break the bank.


Venue name: Seto
Address: 5-6 Plender St
Opening hours: Meals served noon-3pm, 5pm-9.30pm Mon-Sun
Transport: Tube: Mornington Crescent tube
Price: Main courses £6.20-£6.80. Set meal £6.80-£9.50.
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One thing I’ve learnt over the years, is that if a restaurant is always busy, get yourself inside. Because chances are it’s a local secret gem, serving really delicious food at a really delicious price. That or Tom Hardy is grabbing his dinner. For Seto, it’s the former. However if Tom Hardy ever found himself in Camden and fancied Japanese food then I wouldn’t hesitate for a second in sending him here.

The lovely staff go out of their way to make you feel welcome. And should you have indecisive tendencies, they’re more than happy to offer suggestions. As mentioned before, this place isn’t shy of a crowd – so though you can go in without a reservation, it wouldn’t hurt to make one to prevent disappointment.  

From sushi and ramen, to crispy noodles and traditional curries, their menu certainly knows how to excite your tastebuds and get a rumble of “OH HEY” from your stomach. They even have a set menu. Where value for money gets even more crazy, and you begin to wonder if you’re actually in London or not… Sadly my hangry scale was fairly high when I dined here, so my courses didn’t get the aerial camera snap pre-consumption. But what I lack in photography I’m making up for with vocabulary: Because believe me when I say the pictures wouldn’t have done any of the dishes justice!

A couple of no-brainers from me: Their tempura and gyoza are hard to beat, so be sure to add that to your order. As with any Japanese meal, it’s certainly not complete without a side of Sake to compliment your palette. Seto have several to choose from – and there’s nothing quite like that warming kick, especially at the moment with winter telling the seasons who's boss. But if you've dined correctly and filled your porcelain boots with enough Sake, this cold weather will be a breeze.

I am Japanese and I live in Camden! This is a homely comfy restaurant and sometimes I miss Japan I go there for Ramen, Tempra or nibbles with Sake:) Friendly staff and reasonable tasty food... much much better than Bento restaurant in Camden.

nice taste and reasonable price. one of the favourite authentic japanese restaurant in london

Not the tastiest ramen in Lond, however... By far, the place with the most pleasant price/quality ratio. Staffs are nice, they are flexible and they listen to you. Strongly recomended

Been eating Ramen Seto's noodles since they were in Yaohan Plaza some 20 yrs ago. May not be the best or most fancy, but honest food. The Extra Large portion was a favorite, could almost finish it on my own. When the Kingly street placed was closed, me and the wife were utterly horrified, can't wait to visit the new place in Camden.

Home-cooked style Japanese food, fresh ingredients and a very reasonable price! Shame not more people know about this place. Definitely worth trying. My children's favourites are their chicken curry rice and shallowed fried pork dumplings (must-try!) and mine is their seafood ramen. Their ramen is not the same as what you normally get in other Japanese restaurant, smooth and has a slight chewy bite! Yummy!

This restaurant is amazing value for money with high quality Japanese food and fresh ingredients. Service was charming. I strongly recommend this restaurant.

Seto Ramen moved to the premises of our previous local favourite Thai restaurant so we had high expectations for quality. On first visit on Sept 30, 2012 we tried pork gioza, tuna sashimi, kimchi ramen and salmon teriyaki. All were very fresh, generously sized, and very, very, very tasty. Price-quality ratio is excellent. Going back tonight :)

Just been there recently and find out that they have moved over here from Soho. I love this Miso Ramen, it is one of the trademark dishes of Seto and I ordered some Gyoza Dumpling, it is absolutely delicious. They are now have lunch special too, any main course plus a glass of wine only cost me £6.50. I would say this is good value of money.