Having had an unintentional hiatus from Asian food, it was time to get back in the saddle. When my Senior Chica, Valentina, recommended we try out Shoryu, a Japanese additional to behind Liverpool Street station – I was up for it. Located across central London and the city, Shoryu is from the folk behind Japan Centre. The clue is in the name in terms of what they offer here. Ramen is their speciality, more specifically tonkotsu which is a rich 12-hour pork broth ramen with char siu, barbecue pork belly, nitamago egg, kikurage mushroom, spring onion, sesame and nori seaweed. That said, they do offer variations on this dish with seafood, chicken and veggie.
We booked a table and it was lucky we did. Whilst when we arrived, they had no record of the table, our greeter did manage to secure us a table – so full marks for the recovery. The tables of two next to each other on the left hand side as you come in, can be a little bit cramped. Be careful when getting up that you don’t knock over cutlery, elbow someone’s head or even worse, spread their food across the floor.
The staff whiz around the room with confidence and the chefs in the open plan kitchen smile as they cook up their Asian fare. Our waiter came to the table and as an Italian he took an instant liking to Valentina (who is Italian). They chatted away in their lingo, which was great as it gave me time to familiarise myself with the menu. I have not had ramen before. In fact, most of the items on the menu where a little alien to me aside from the sashimi.
For dinner we opted to go for some starters and had buns (a first for me). Valentina had the soy marinated chicken karaage and a tiger prawn tempura, I opted for the wagyu beef. When they arrived they were a lot bigger than we thought it would be. A slight fear set in as we had to get through mains. We both like the filling and we liked the buns, however there could have been less of it. Valentina thought it was slightly chewier than she was used to, I had nothing to compare it too.
For our main courses, I had the black cod misoyaki which was absolutely gorgeous. Delicately cooked and subtly marinated in soy, this literally melted in my mouth. Talk about foodgasm, this word was invented to describe this dish. I also had a side order of the kaisen enoki butter which was essentially mushroom stir-fried in butter. It was really not much to look at, but a nice light side. Yes, I know we were in a Ramen place, so why didn’t we have the Ramen. Hold up, Valentina went for the signature dish and had the Kotteri Hakata Tonkotsu which was a richer, thicker and meatier broth with double nitamago egg. She loved it. I was so impressed watching her tackle this dish, as for what is essentially a soup, you think it won’t fill you up. This Ramen brimming with all its goodness, was a force to be reckoned with.
I ended my meal with an espresso to try and aliviate the fullness. We left that place very happy and totally bloated (in a good way). Amazing food, huge portions, knowledgeable and efficient service. 5 stars!
33 Broadgate Circle