Shoryu Ramen 50% discount on noodles at new Piccadilly pop-up
Published 27 April 2013
This is slightly late, but Shoryu Ramen, who have their first pop up just south of Piccadilly Circus, have opened another pop-up restaurant just North of the station, on Denman Street. To celebrate their pop-up opening, they’re offering 50% off all their ramen noodles!
This offer is only valid until the end of April. And it is only valid on their ramen noodles, normally around £9-£10 and now around £5. It is not valid on their drinks, starters, or desserts. Still a great deal as you do get a big bowl of tasty noodles for what is a very reasonable price for central London.
However, the Shoryu Ganso Tonkotsu, their signature ramen noodles themselves were disappointing. It wasn’t bad – much better than what you’ll get at most cheap “noodle shops”, but it falls below the standard set by other ramen shops such as Tonkotsu and Bone Daddies. The ramen at Shoryu feels more instant noodle than authentic, and the soup base lacks depth and flavour. The charsiu pork meat in the soup is also too thinly sliced and lacks flavour, and the half egg doesn’t have that soy sauce marinade flavour, with the yolk too solid.
They do some interesting drinks, like a matcha latte that is pretty good and authentic. Plus its unsweetened – so you have the choice of how much sugar syrup to add to it to your taste.
The match orange smoothie was a disappointment though. The combination just doesn’t go well together – there’s a reason why no-one else does it – and green and orange just don’t mix.
Overall, at half price, it is value for money. But at full price – Bone Daddies and Tonkotsu are at the same price, but much better. So I’m afraid I won’t be returning to Shoryu Ramen once their 50% off promotion on ramen is over at the end of April.
The ramen scene is competitive in London – so don’t settle for mediocre ramen!