According to word on the street (the internet), Shigemi Kawahara is the Ramen King of the World, and according to the queueing bellies outside his new London branch of Ippudo, the hype is for a good reason.
What started out as a little grub shack selling Japanese soul food to the slurpers of Hakata is now making waves in the wider culinary world. After satisfying his homeland’s hunger with over 80 stores, they have set up shop in Australia, Korea and China, finally touching down in London with a mob of drooling, worldly foodies eagerly waiting. The cheap-and-fast street food label of ramen has been ripped off, however, as their sit-down lunch and dinner menus show off some pretty exquisite treats: seared and braised pork bellies, raw baby octopuses, chirashi sushi and tonkotsu pork broths. All of which don’t disappoint in the slightest and are bound to brighten up the ole Instagram feed too. Drinks-wise, you can treat yourself to cocktails, bottled beers, hot or cold sake, Japanese whiskies, teas, and various wines to wash down your tiger prawn toast. Go there with the aim of trying something new. Chopsticks at the ready, everyone.