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Shoryu Ramen Liverpool Street

Restaurants, Japanese Broadgate
4 out of 5 stars
(8user reviews)
Shoryu Ramen Liverpool Street

Time Out says

The fourth restaurant from the small chain specialising in authentic tonkotsu ramen.

Shoryu Ramen Liverpool Street says
Enjoy an after work pick-me-up at Shoryu Liverpool Street, part of the newly developed Broadgate Circle of trendy food and drinks hotspot in East London. On the weekend, why not relax and get the whole family slurping?
From the team behind Japan Centre, Shoryu Ramen launched in November 2012 and has been recommended in the Michelin Guide 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. Shoryu Ramen specialises in Hakata tonkotsu ramen from the Hakata district of Fukuoka city on the southern island of Kyushu, Japan. Hakata tonkotsu ramen is a style of ramen made with a thick, rich, white pork soup and thin, straight ramen noodles. Our Hakata tonkotsu ramen recipe has been specially created by our Executive Chef Kanji Furukawa who was born and raised in Hakata, to provide the UK with highly crafted, genuine tonkotsu rarely found outside Japan. Shoryu's owner Tak Tokumine is also a native of Fukuoka city and along with Kanji is dedicated to championing his hometown’s local speciality

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Address: Broadgate Circle
London
EC2M 2QS
Transport: Liverpool Street rail/tube
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Opening hours: Mon - Fri 11:30 - 23:00 Sat 12:00 - 22:30 Sun 12:00 - 21:30
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4 out of 5 stars

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3.8 / 5

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tastemaker

I truly do love shoryu.. Their ramen bowls are just so flavoursome. I've had their vegan version and can say that they are also just as delicious if not more!

Their tempura is alright and didn't have any exciting flavours but they do have a nice happy hour which had lovely cocktails available.

Under £20 covers you and 2 cocktails is say within happy hour 😊

tastemaker

One week before our final undergraduate exam, my friend and I decided to treat ourselves to dinner for all the revision we were doing and to catch-up because we hadn’t seen each other since the semester had ended back in March! As Asian food is typically more challenging to make yourself at home, we opted for that when narrowing down our search for restaurants.


My friend ended up picking Shoryu because there was a branch in Liverpool Street, which is one of her favourite areas in London. I have to agree, the area is quite modern and chic! The restaurant is located in Broadgate Circle, so it has both indoor and outdoor seating. We went for a table outside because the weather was beautiful – sunny and above 25 Celcius in May? Yes please!


As Shoryu is known for its ramen, I wanted to give it a try but it was truly too hot that evening to indulge in a hot bowl of ramen and soup. So we decided to order a bunch of sides and make it a tapas-style meal. If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll probably notice that I’m quite a fan of tapas. I love being able to try many different items in a single visit and this is the perfect way to do it.


Between the two of us, we shared the following:

  1. Shoryu Buns with Char Siu BBQ Pork Belly – We each got one steamed bun filled with a typically Asian filling of BBQ pork. Even though I ate this last, it was my favourite of all the dishes we had. They were generous with the serving of BBQ pork inside the bun, as it came in a thick slice and it was very well marinated. It had a good balance of sweet and savoury flavours and of meat versus fat. The sauces used inside the bun were a Western touch to an Asian dish but it worked well! As for the steamed bun itself, it was wonderful. Fluffy, spongy, and the perfect pillowy compliment to the BBQ pork filling!
  2. Hakata Tetsunabe Gyoza – We ordered the serving with 6 because each gyoza is quite small. They were filled with minced pork and served in a mini skillet, which I really liked. They were evidently pan fried in it and the gyoza skin on the outside was nice and crispy while the top bits remained soft from presumably being steamed or boiled beforehand. This came with some soy sauce and vinegar mixed with Japanese mustard, which I thought complimented the gyoza well. It gave the mince pork filling a good kick!
  3. Chicken Karaage – A classic Japanese dish of fried chicken, how could we not order this? I actually really enjoyed this too because the pieces of fried chicken were made with breast meat but remained juicy and succulent through their crunchy battered exterior. Each piece of fried chicken was also generous, not quite bite-size but not too large either. They were served with Japanese mayonnaise, seven spice, and loads of spring onion on the side. The fried chicken was already pretty tasty on its own but these condiments really enhanced the flavours!
  4. Soft Shell Crab Tempura – Not a typical thing to make into tempura for Japanese cuisine I believe, but delicious nonetheless. I mean, it’s battered, it’s deep-fried, and it’s served with the traditional tempura dipping sauce. Of course it was delicious! The pieces of soft shell crab were big too, so pretty generous as a serving size. It came with a side salad dressed in a sweet soy sauce and possibly sesame dressing, which was lovely.
  5. Mini Eel Don – Apparently, this is a new item at the Liverpool Street branch. We both had a different one and I went for the eel one because I just love Japanese unagi! The sweet sauce that they use to marinate it is just amazing. I liked that it was mini in size because it was enough to have a taste and enjoy without filling you up. Although, they were quite generous with the amount of rice for a mini don, there was only 2 slices of eel on top.

To finish off our meal, we ordered some dessert, which we normally never do at the same place we eat dinner. I typically avoid ordering dessert at restaurants because I find that it’s rare and hard to succeed at doing savoury foods and sweet foods well at the same establishment. This was evident at Shoryu with their dessert.I went for the Matcha Cheesecake. I’ll start with what I liked: the matcha cheesecake top. It was actually really soft, light and fluffy. It had clearly been whipped up well to make it so light, which was a refreshing and easy dessert to enjoy. The cheesecake base was not bad either in terms of taste, but far too crumbly in texture. It broke apart too easily when cut into with my dessert fork. The taste of matcha was quite faint so I couldn’t taste very much of it either. In the end, I only ate about half of it because after a while it became pretty tasteless. It was served with a few strawberry slices, which I thought added good colour to the plate and the overall aesthetics of the dish. They were sweet too, which was a bonus!


In terms of the service, I was pretty disappointed. The minute I sat down at the table, a waiter came over to ask for our drink orders, which I clearly had no time to think about! My butt had barely touched the seat before he was over – in this instance, there is such a thing as too much attention! Throughout our dinner, several different waiters came to check up on us, which was nice at first but after the third time, it became annoying. My friend and I were trying to enjoy our meal and catch-up so being interrupted that frequently was frustrating. It also took them some time to come out with our dessert at the end, when the dessert was clearly not made fresh. It seemed like it was pre-made and placed in the fridge to be taken out when an order comes in.


I did however enjoy the atmosphere very much. As we had a table outside, our view was simply stunning. The restaurant is located on the bottom floor of Broadgate Circle, so we could see into the upper deck of another restaurant and the centre bit, where all the city workers would gather to have drinks. It’s quite a buzzing environment, which can get loud at times but still enjoyable to be in without feeling overcrowded. 

Tastemaker

So many restaurants to choose from in the bustling, suit-heavy Broadgate Circle but you would do well choosing Shoryu. With a mainly ramen based menu with some other side dishes (like the amazing bao) these guys really know their soupy stuff! We had -Kotteri Hakata Tonkotsu-pork with a richer, thicker, meatier tonkotsu broth, double nitamago egg (picture) and -Kimchi Seafood Tonkotsu -fiery kimchi broth, prawns, scallops, squid, nitamago egg, kikurage mushrooms, nori seaweed, spring onion, seasoned beansprouts, sesame, fried shallots Loved the relaxed and friendly atmosphere with no pressure to leave. Will be back for those bao- I’m a sucker for those bad boys


I was pleasantly surprised by this place! The atmosphere was great, friendly staff and the food was excellent. I tried the curry ramen and I would highly recommend it. It was full of flavour and wholesome.

Normally with certain chain restaurants there can be disappointment but not here. Thumbs up.

tastemaker

I still can remember that there was a time that it was so hard to find a good ramen with rich Tonkotsu broth in London. But suddenly there are everywhere. And when you get more choices, you get more picky. 


I went to dozens of times to Shoryu's other branches in town. But it was my first time here last Sunday. There was no queue like the other branches at meal time. I like the seating plan, too. Less customer and more space. The only downside was we could smell the cigarette when the customer  sitting outside were smoking. 


They offer any ramen for only £9.90 every Sunday which is a good advantage. I had a Kotteri Hakata Tonkotsu with hard noodles. Well, they still came quite soft for my liking. Maybe ask if they do extra hard next time when I around. 

Tastemaker

There once was a ramen shop called Shoryu

With some of the tastiest noodles to chew

Their broth is sublime

I'd eat here all the time

And you can book online to skip the queue


Curry ramen totally gets my top vote

But the skewers don't really float my boat

So do yourself a favour

Get sake, any of the flavours

And keep stuffing those noodles in your throat!




Tastemaker

Closest Shoryu location to home, so I do tend to go there quite often. Their delicious broth is like a warm blanket for the soul in the cold rainy days. The seats can be a little crowded in the evenings as the tables are narrow, other than that it's a go to.


The Karakfa Tan Tan Tonkotsu is a winter warmer with a spicy edge and makes for a change from the classic soups that we usually tuck into during these cold months. With a variety of noodles, sake and quick service, this is my go to place for a quick, comforting bite to eat after work. Advice to take on board however, not the best date food unless you don't mind slurping up noodle soup in front of your loved one!