Shoryu Ramen Soho

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Shoryu Ramen Soho
Venue says Get two-for-one Shoryu buns every Monday when purchasing any bowl of ramen.

Second branch of the Hakata ramen restaurant on Regent Street. The Soho spot has a more restaurant-y feel than the canteen-like original. There's the same range of noodles in long-simmered bone broth, plus steamed hirata buns stuffed with juicy pork slices, chilli sauce and mayo.

There is also a saké sommelier Mimi Tokumine, who is often on hand to offer advice to diners. However be warned this is not a bar; arrive on your own and you'll not be seated until the rest of your party arrives, and you need to order a meal to go with your drinks.

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Shoryu Ramen Soho says
At Shoryu Soho we have the largest selection of sake, shochu and umeshu in the UK, with over 130 options to choose from. Our expert staff can help guide you to make the right pairing. Shoryu Soho also has a subterranean Private Dining Room that can seat up to 14 people, perfect for any celebration.
Hunting for that perfect venue in Central London? Roll up and set your eyes on our 14 person private Dining Room at Shoryu Soho, so look no further for that dream venue! Contact us to discuss your party needs.
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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Venue name: Shoryu Ramen Soho
Address: 3 Denman Street
Opening hours: Open 11.45am-3pm, 5-11.30pm Mon-Fri; 11.45am-3.30pm, 5-11pm Sat; 11.45-3pm, 5-10.30pm Sun.
Transport: Tube: Piccadilly Circus
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I wanted to like this place but for £12.50 for a bowl of Ramen, I now realise its rather pricey. That said, its delicious and quick. Pretty instagramable too.

I like a restaurant thats not scared of spice and I ordered something that was rather chilli hot. Tick. Gets my vote.

The best bit of the ramen was the half egg. the yolk was perfect, solid but still soft in the middle. Molten yumminess.

I would go again but only if I found an offer or couldn’t find anything better.

My only warning would be if you have a food allergy please be careful and check. I asked for gluten free noodles but only when they served it they told me there was gluten in the soup.


I've been planning to give Shoryu a try for quite a while: it's a mini-chain of ramen joints that really popularised ramen in London alongside Tonkotsu. The interiors of the Soho branch are stylised after traditional Japanese ramen joints with a touch of hipster (but with much less success than at Bone Daddies). The layout makes use of the available (read scarce) space but the results are mixed.

I went for a spicy miso ramen from their vegetarian section. The milky miso broth was rich and flavoursome, if not quite that spicy (which makes me assume that the non-spicy version must be plain blunt). However, there’s a sesame grinder and some garlic bulbs along with a crusher in a metal bucket on the table, so you can further season your ramen. I would have also preferred my ramen to be hotter (temperature-wise). The service was pretty slow, even though it was before 5 pm and only a few tables were occupied. I had to waive to get their attention both to place my order and to ask for the bill. My hirata bun, intended as a starter, arrived later than the ramen. It tasted nice but in no way better than the ones you would get at Bao or Flesh & Buns. 

Apparently you can choose how you want your ramen noodles cooked. But this is not obvious (I think it's mentioned in the classic ramen section, and I, being pescetarian, was looking at the veggie options). This really should be mentioned by the waiter at the time of placing order (would have been a nice selling point), but it wasn't. All in all, I thought the 12,5% service charge they added to my bill automatically was undeserved and unjustified. 

To sum up, next time I’m craving ramen or hirata buns and find myself in Central London, I'll go back to Bone Daddies for ramen and to Flesh & Buns to get my fluffy buns fix.

Popped in for lunch as looked good and wanted a Bun fix. Was not disasppointed. I know this is a Ramen eatery but I like my picky bits and what we got was outstanding. Pork and Chicken buns, perfect, not stodgy and meat cooked to perfection. Gyoza's came in hot sizzling pan, novel and gave that extra crunchy bit of taste. Felt satistified and smug all afternoon for finding such a pleasant lunch. Love the fact a drum gets banged every time a new visitor walks through the door. Service was top as well. Polite, well manner, made you feel welcome. This makes the list to revisit, and Im sure it will be more than once...


I managed to nab a 2-4-1 voucher from the Evening Standard for bowls of Ramen, so last week my date and I decided to check it out and grab ourselves a bargain. We both enjoyed a different Ramen each, and swapped half way through so we could try them both - one curry, one piri piri - both delicious with a sudden back of the throat spicy kick! The curry one had a slightly smoother broth the the piri piri had a deeper punch of spice.

On the side we also had some buns (2 for £7 I think!) - one pork and the other halloumi - again, both super tasty but incredibly filling.

To drink we ordered a £25 bottle of plum wine which was utterly divine - sweet like a breakfast juice, I could have guzzled down the whole bottle alone!

Our bill came to about £50 including our discounted ramen (saving £12.50) and it was a good dinner with a lot of flavour. It was busy for a Tuesday night but we only had to wait about 10 minutes for our table. 

Random: I couldn't work out why, but every now and then they bang a gong - I liked that!


Went with a friend for a quick lunch. We started with some edamame which was nice but, as seasoning was just scattered at the top, it ended up with too salty bits. Then we both went for the heart of the menu, the ramen, presented in a beautifully arranged big bowl. The portion is generous and ingredients are nicely done, but the broth was a little disappointing to me. As the soul of this dish it lacked depth, and relied too much on salt to do (#not) the trick. Decoration is on the modern side, with Kiss FM hits playing, so if you're looking for traditional, take a few extra steps into Chinatown.


Theres nothing better than a warming bowl of ramen on a cold winters day, however with all the choice that London has to offer, make sure you opt for the real thing as opposed to a bowl of soggy spaghetti soup from an American-owned chain. Shoryu ramen makes sure to offer the authentic, bone broth experience. 

Another popular dish is the octopus balls, wrapped in a soft and gooey pancake casing and drizzled with creamy japanese mayo. 


I came upon this place as I was meeting a few friends to go and see a film next door and we wanted a bite to eat. A couple commented that they had been here before and enjoyed it and one had been wanting to come for a while. I had no expectation either way but it looked nice. It was actually really great ramen. I had the curry ramen and it was hefty soup,soy milk based,noodles,egg,veg,lots of karachi chicken pieces. A good spicy kick to it too. Really lovely. You also can choose how you would like your noodles from hard,chewy,well cooked,mushy. A great touch. I also tried their buns,which were yummy. They had happy hour on,so we got some cocktails too. My Bellini was very nice but my friends Lychee Martini was just yummy. The staff were absolutely lovely,helpful and attentive. They catered for our busy party of 9,all arriving at different times. What a lovely bunch. Good atmosphere including the waiters banging a gong every time a customer leaves. I would definitely go again  and recommend a visit.


Ever since I saw their huge bowls of ramen and their Hirata buns through the window of the Carnaby branch I have been dying to go here. 

A friend and I decided to go for dinner before the cinema so chose a restaurant closer to the Piccadilly Vue. On a Friday at 6pm we hadn't booked but were able to walk straight in and get a table (bewarned the whole table must be present, as I was 15 minutes early but they wouldn't seat me until my friend arrived).

The staff are friendly and you receive a warm welcome (including a bang of their gong) on the way in as you pass through their iconic Shoryu curtains which adorn the doors of each restaurant. 

We chose the hottest day of the year for a massive hot bowl of ramen however the restaurant itself was kept cool with air con and luckily the restaurant had plenty of tables so we weren't crammed in even though we were sat on a sharing table.

We had received a flyer while walking down the street for free gyoza each (such luck!) when ordering a bowl of ramen so we decided to take it steady on the buns (needed to save room for cinema snacks!) and just ordered one pork belly bun (£4.50) to share. 

Most of their ramen dishes are based on their tonkotsu pork broth (Each pan takes over 12 hours cooking and is made of collagen, fat, marrow and calcium and combined with 'motodare', a concentrated base of soy and spices to create the final soup) and then laden with thin noodles, which they ask how you would like them cooked (I went for medium). They all contain char siu barbecue pork belly, nitamago egg, kikurage mushrooms, spring onion, sesame, ginger, nori seaweed. The variants from there allow you to get a slightly spicier broth, a broth with lots of garlic, meatier broth and also a choice with seafood or chicken in. 

I chose the Dracula, which has the addition of caramelised garlic mayo and garlic chips sprinkled on top and my friend went for the Kotteri which had a much meatier broth. Both were really really good - filling, warm and HUGE. Neither of us could finish them. I thought there was plenty of pork (which was so tender) however my friend thought there could have been more for the price. My one niggle was the cold egg however I just didn't eat it :). On the table you also have a pot of sesame (which I didn't spill - honest) and a bulb of garlic along with a crusher so you are able to add additional sesame/garlic to your taste, which I thought was a nice touch. 

The pork gyoza are served in a VERY hot skillet but to be honest for me were a little bland and chewy. The only real let down was the pork bun which was cold with a chewy, glaggy bun - I have definitely had better from a few different restaurants in Soho. 

To drink we both stuck to tap water which made the bill with tip a very reasonable £16 each (with free gyoza as well). Although it is £12 per bowl of ramen, I would definitely come again. They are so filling there is no need for any sides so for a delicious tasty dinner out £12 seems reasonable. I will wait to enjoy on my next ramen on a winters evening though. 

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Great little place, quite cosy during peak times especially because you can reserve tables but the nice staff allowed us to stay at the table even though one of our party was running late! 

Food turnaround from ordering to eating was fast! and it tasted amazingly fresh, at first i thought it wouldnt fill me up but i was wrong, i couldnt even finish my fluffy steamed tiger prawn tempura bun.

Next time i might be more adventurous with my choice of food and drink as there is alot of choice on the menu.


Shoryu Ramen has expanded to four branches across London, and I much prefer this to the many ramen competitors. The stock is delicious without feeling oily or sickly, the noodles are springy and obviously freshly made, and the extras are complimenting, depending on which ramen choice you make. They even do a chilled ramen option for those summery & hot days. An extra treat would be to order the fluffy Shoryu (hirata) buns filled with pork belly or tiger prawn tempura. Also I would recommend the chikuwa fishcakes, which are little tubes of fishcake filled with gooey, melted cheese. Drinkswise, if you like lychee & jasmine, you must order the Pinky Lychee Jasmine (iced) Tea.

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One of my favourite ramen spots in London, and there's a lot to choose from! The Tonkotsu is more authentic than most, the saké list is impressive and the steamed buns are great too. There are several types of ramen on offer, all are worth trying but my favourite has to be their signature ramen. Shoryu has a no reservations policy therefore I'd recommend avoiding peak times and stick to a smaller group as there's often a queue down the street. Staff are friendly, the Regent Street venue has a good atmosphere, well worth the wait for a table.

I’m addicted to ramen. There, I said it. I’m hooked on the stuff and need a regular fix of bone broth to keep my withdrawal symptoms at bay. The fragrant bowls of steaming liquor provide the ultimate pleasure for my palate. Problem is, I’ve found another delicious supplier to feed my uncontrollable habit. Ramen fever has spread to epidemic proportions in our capital over the past year thanks to the opening of three very different, but hugely popular Japanese tastemakers. Bone Daddies, Tonkotsu and Shoryu have been cooking up vats of the stuff to hungry Londoners with raving success, each gaining a loyal following. After my umpteenth trip to Bone Daddies (I much prefer their broths to Tonkotsu’s) I thought it was about time I gave Shoryu a whirl, and play the ramen field a little. I tipped up at the newest and largest of the two Shoryu branches in Soho and was confronted with a jam-packed restaurant and a queue. Nothing new there then you may say, it is London after all. But this was no ordinary evening; the mercury was tipping 30 degrees, we were in the midst of a freak heat wave and these people were still flocking to dine on piping hot soup - I figured they must be doing something right. Hopes were high. The venue however was underwhelming and predictable, typical ‘pan-Asian’ décor resembled a Busaba Eathai and a Ping Pong interior lovechild. But don’t judge a book by its cover, one glance at menu was enough to forget the stereotypical surroundings and get lost in a watery world of ramen. Larger and more diverse then the original Regent Street offerings, Shoryu had a menu filled with authentic hot soups, hirata buns, yakitori skewers and even cold broths more suited to the sweltering weather outside. Of the three ramen I sampled the ‘Dracula Tonkotsu’ stood out as being the most unusual; bbq pork with roasted black garlic mayu, balsamic vinegar and garlic chips gave it a sweet and tangy taste unlike anything I’ve tried before. The signature ‘Ganso Tonkotsu’ was a clear and light miso broth loaded with the usual trimmings; half boiled egg, seaweed, bamboo shoots and perfectly al dente noodles. My personal favourite, the fiery and rich ‘Tantan Tonkotsu’ packed a serious chilli kick and with its hefty load of minced pork was a much heavier alternative to the others. Not one for the spice-shy I hasten to add. ‘Salted chicken skins’ would have benefited from another 60 seconds cooking, more fatty and soggy than salty and crisp. Cocktails, much like the décor were fitting but not thrilling. I unsuccessfully attempted to cool off by sipping a Shochu sour on the rocks whilst intermittently dabbing stray splatters of chilli-ramen juice (and beads of sweat) from my brow. I may have been hot, but boy was I satisfied. As a ramen obsessive Shoryu had a lot to live up to. The food was much more adventurous than Tonkotsu but the vibe wasn’t as cool as Bone Daddies. In terms of the big three, I’d say it takes an honourable second place in the power struggle to be top of the ramen revolution – others will disagree. It may be tarred with a ‘Japanese junk food’ brush but it sure feels much more wholesome than the usual burger and chips I wolf down after a late night Negroni session, either way I’ll be back for another hit very soon. Looks like I’ll be chasing the ramen dragon for a little while longer. Someone call The Priory, I’m addicted.