Ippudo (Bloomsbury)

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With my sister coming to town, we were hungry for a good ol’ bowl of ramen, and in London there seems to be no shortage of restaurants offering that. Just across the street from Ippudo – to prove this – was another ramen shop called Kanadaya. I know, scintillating writing right here.

Location: Ippudo, Bloomsbury, London

Category: Japanese

Camera: iPhone 6

One of the big questions, in my mind, was how this outlet compares to its sibling in Canary Wharf (review here), and I must say that it overall offers quite good value. The delicious edamame friend with chilies and garlic were clearly on the order, and we mixed it up a bit with a side of gyoza (dumplings with pork filling pan-fried). As for the ramen, Tantanmen got the pick – spicy, great broth and genuine ramen taste. The only letdown was that I like the pork meat slightly fried as this helps with the fact that it also has parts of fat (boiled fat – not tasty; fried fat – somewhat tasty).

As previously mentioned, do ask for garlic if you want (comes with a crusher) and the sesame cruncher – it is something you get most times in ramen restaurant in Japan and really shows that Ippudo has its roots there.

The space is, as its sibling, quite modern in nature, with lots of natural light and the possibility of people watching (which I find is a great excuse for looking for some much needed eye candy).

Grade: Sainthood
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