Shoryu recently opened its fourth branch, just off Carnaby Street, within the food and retail complex of Kingly Court. If you don’t mind queuing, then what’s inside might just be worth the wait.
Executive Chef Kanji Furukawa and Director Tak Tokumine’s home town of Fukuoka is the inspiration for the décor – it’s bright with an open kitchen to spy on the chefs. It’s a place designed to eat quick and go.
Shoryu Open Kitchen
Soft-Shelled Crab Tempura
The menu has a good selection of ramen and sides (with a few exclusives to this branch only) with friendly, attentive staff taking the orders. However, service is not without its faults. The waitress highly recommends the gyoza – this doesn’t arrive, and an order of sashimi is salmon instead of the requested tuna. What does arrive though is good: soft-shelled crab tempura it’s delightfully crisp on the outside with plump succulent meat on the in, but pretty steep at £9.
Shoryu’s signature ramen Ganso Tonkotsu grandly delivers. It has a velvety smooth pork-bone broth, which isn’t as punchy as you’d expect for something simmered for 14 hours, but has enough depth of flavour to hold the other ingredients together with a nicely cooked soft egg and tasty slithers of pork. The Dracula Tonkotsu is worthy of a try too. It’s laden with enough garlic to bring down the Twilight Empire, which is no bad thing. Cocktails are nicely refreshing and Kirin with a frozen whipped top tickle the tastebuds.
So, if you are prepared to queue and don’t mind your experience being swift (certainly not a place to chill and lounge), and fancy slurping on some authentic tasting ramen, then Shoryu might well be the place for you.
Ramen ranges from £11-£15 and sides £4-£9.
Food I Fancy dined as guests.
SHORYU – Carnaby
G3-5 Kingly Court
London, W1B 5PJ