Ittenbari Ramen Restaurant
It was high noon on a Sunday and we were both ravenous and wandering around in Soho. Off the cuff, she mentioned that there was a new ramen place that opened up that we should try. I had good vibes from the place as soon as we walked through the curtain of the front door and were greeted with “Irasshaimase!” while noticed that all the tables were full with diners.
As a starter to share we had some pork dumplings. The dumplings weren’t the best we’ve had as they were all stuck together and the filling and the wrapping were average. By far, the ramen was the star of the meal. We both opted for the ‘go DX’ or XL size which meant we got a few more slices of boiled pork and another half of the egg. She got the shoyu ramen (soya) and I got the shio (salt) ramen. While the shio was the clearer broth of the two, the pork and chicken stock was still flavourful and nicely garnished with finely sliced shallots and leeks. The shoyu ramen had the same base as the shio but you could taste the extra kick of saltiness coming through from the soya sauce broth. Both had really good noodles that weren’t too greasy and springy, definitely a far cry from your run-of-the-mill 2-minute instant noodles. The service throughout the meal was very friendly which made the whole meal great.
When we left the queue was 10 people outside the restaurant, we both looked at each other and nodded in agreement that we were lucky that day to get a table and delicious ramen without the wait.
Good For: A quick reasonable lunchtime bite, the perfect hangover cure or ramen craving. Have also been here for dinner and the food was consistently good as the first time. We wait patiently now to return for the long awaited miso ramen!
Price: Approx £ 15pp. 2 ramen bowls, one order of dumplings, one beer and one tea
Address: 84 Brewer Street London W1F 9UB