Among the throngs of restaurant chains that dominates Canary Wharf, it was refreshing to come across Ippudo – and with it came the hope of genuine Japanese food. Not something like Wagamama or other blasphemy of the sort.
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Ippudo is in fact a chain first started in Fukuoka, which gives the background to the good food that the restaurant has to offer. There is a nice blend of modern and classic when it comes to the space, the typical counter with the bowls yet the wall made of plastic spoons. Yet it doesn’t lose it’s sense of Japan by doing so (which can often be the case with other restaurants).
The edamame were amazing – normally I frown upon non-traditional Japanese recipes, but this one took the usual boiled beans and salt and made them much better by frying them in garlic and chili. The service was swift, and as we barely finished the starter the ramen had already made its way to ours. The same excellence continued with the ramen: the broth was well balanced and flavoured, and the overall dish resembled to a large extent what you can find in the Land of the Rising Sun. Queue sequence in which I am transported back to my past travels
Bonus points for the restaurant having extras such as a sesame mill, fresh garlic and garlic crusher, chili oil and the various other instruments one can typically find in Japan but sometimes harder to do so outside of it.