This little one used to be a Ramen shop called Ryo which I would normally recommend to anyone wanting to try out some real Ramen. I saw that the venue had changed and wanted to see whether the food was just as good. I had feared that this mew place would not live to my expectations.
Enter Ittenbari (84 Brewer Street, London, W1F 9UB, http://ittenbari.co.uk/)
Obviously I needed some Edamame (for the ones that don’t know what this is, it’s boiled soybeans with a pinch of salt, quite lovely. They don’t taste anything like peas. If you’ve never tried them, don’t be a chicken/cheapskate and try some)
Gyoza was good, not too oily or too mushy.
And you could get this little side dish for just 3£! It was unexpectedly delicious, the pork was very well done and quite moreish.
But obviously I cared little about gyoza or side dishes. What i wanted was Ramen!
All in all, it was a good ramen. Certainly different from the old Ryo Ramen, and not quite sure if for the better. The noodles were slightly thin, whilst i prefer somewhat thicker noodles in Ramen.
It’s basically a big bowl of noodle soup, with fried meat and veggies. The soup itself should be made by boiling cow bones (or chicken bones) for a period of time, then spiced well. They also come with boiled eggs, which i prefer hard-boiled rather than the medium boiled that i got.