Some people say love is better the second time around. I loved my first experience at Shoryu
so much I was cocksure the second time would be nothing short of amazing.
I mean. How can you not love a ramen bar with super cute – and proper – tea pots?
K joined the ramen posse and the conversation flowed like tonkotsu broth: smooth, silky and punched with lots of flavour.
|The married ladies
|The not so married ladies
I really miss Japanese street food so I ordered chikuwa fishcakes
(£4) to start. Chikuwa
is a traditional Japanese snack made of mixed minced seafood and shaped like a tube. The texture and colour, when cooked right, is similar to grilled cuttlefish. Shoryu’s fishcakes are panko-crusted and they looked so pretty lined up on the plate.
I didn’t realise they were actually cocoons of cheese (of course the menu said ‘chikuwa-cheese fishcake’ but I was too lazy to bother reading the description) and only found out when I had my first bite. K’s face popped in surprise as the cheese popped out and fell onto my napkin. Oops.
I enjoyed it for all the right reasons. It was perfectly crunchy, delightfully chewy, extremely cheesy. It may taste a bit salty for some, though.
We also got the soft-shell crab tempura (£6). Of course.
|Hello love, we meet again.
I wanted to be a bit adventurous with the ramen and decided to order something I probably wouldn’t have picked so I asked for the tori kara-age men (£9.90) with normal hosomen noodles (you can choose gluten-free rice noodles with this dish). I was super looking forward to my ramen fix – it was all I could think about the whole day – so I immediately dug in.
nitamago (egg), kikurage (wood-ear mushroom), kelp,naruto (fish cake)
nori, spring onions, mushrooms, spring onions, fried chicken, sesame seeds
I was a wee bit disappointed with the shiitake konbu soy-based broth, if I’m being honest. Fair enough, it was tasty but I thought there was something amiss. It wasn’t bland but I had to douse it with some sesame and chili oil and vinegar to make it 100% perfect.
But hey… with cute little toppings like this slice of naruto, it’s really difficult for the dish to be unforgivable.
And the hosomen noodles are still still the bouncy-springy-chewy type of delicious.
Overall, everyone was pretty pleased.
So… was Shoryu-love better the second time around? Well, it’s definitely different. It’s a tiiiiny bit disappointing (for my ramen) but like anything you give second chances to, there was a fondness brought about by familiarity and there was still something new and exciting to try. Someone told me love is a choice and perhaps in a way this relates to that night. The experience boiled down to my choices and truth be told, I still enjoyed the overall dining experience.
I still think Shoryu has the best ramen in town.
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Average spend: £10pp for ramen, £20 with sides, dessert and drinks (I had a recommended sake)