Kanada-Ya makes the best bowl of tonkotsu ramen anywhere in London. There’s always a line of students from Hong Kong and Japan outside any of their shops (even in the cold – usually a good sign), but it’s absolutely worth the wait. With the totally reasonable prices (just over a tenner for the basic bowl of noodles), it’s a good deal. There’s not a whole lot for vegetarians, so don’t bring them with the hope that there’ll be a veg stock or tofu option. Do go for a casual, no-reservations spot where the atmosphere is full of the sounds of conversation and people slurping noodles. Expect not to linger, but to leave happy.
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Old Chang Kee is a small Singaporean restaurant in Covent Garden specialising in curry puffs, which are very well priced for a quick grab and go.
Lady Of The Grapes
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Nando's Covent Garden
You can't do London without doing Nando's. There’s something about the spicy chicken written in the Magna Carta somewhere. Probably.
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Shoryu Ramen Soho
Eating ramen at Shoryu is like having a big bowl of comfort. The Soho location is perfect for a solo meal or a chilled out dinner with friends.
Abeno is a lovely Japanese spot in Bloomsbury specialising in okonomiyaki, but it’s also worth visiting for sides like the tempura, and beef karaage.
Bento Ramen is a multi-talented Japanese restaurant in Camden. It’s a quick-fire, go-go-go kind of place that will have you seated and fed fast.
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Lanzhou Noodle Bar
It doesn’t look promising from the outside, but Lanzhou Noodle Bar near Leicester Square makes excellent Chinese hand-pulled noodles.
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