Growing up in Hong Kong means I was born a noodle addict. Soba, Ho Fun, Udon, Won Ton, Hokkien, Vermicelli, you name it – I love them all.
Moving to London has somehow enriched my love for noodles even more. When you are away from home, I guess it is normal to obsess over the food that you could so easily eat at home.
Well luckily, as London offers so many culinary options, I am able to slurp my way through the city. And the place that I love slurping in, is Ittenbari in Soho. Its appearance is understated compared to Shoryu across the street. But don’t be fooled, not all good things come in a fancy package.
Ittenbari is my favorite ramen restaurant in London. Reason being it is relatively cheap (£8.9 a bowl of ramen, compared to £10+ at other places) but it is still authentic. It seems that Time Out also agrees, “For £8.90 a bowl though, diners may be able to overlook the culinary and decor defects and instead appreciate a very filling bowl of noodles.” Me being a noodle freak, I usually order extra noodles on the side, rather than going Delux (Extra Meat).
Their Shoyu Ramen’s broth is sweet and light. It is easy to taste the goodness oozing from the meats which were used to make the broth. The light fattiness from the meats wraps around the springy and eggy ramen perfectly, making it ultra easy to slurp – proper Japanese style. The Menma (Fermented bamboo shoots) goes extremely well with the broth, and the marinated egg is absolute heaven. The runniness of the yolk is to crave for.
84 Brewer St, London W1F 9UB.