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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The Covent Garden location of trendy Indian restaurant Dishoom is the original, and also the smallest.
Hubbard & Bell
Located in the Hoxton hotel next to Holborn station, British restaurant Hubbard & Bell is a convenient spot for meeting friends, or late night eats.
The Delaunay is the restaurant you want to be in when you just want to feel good. Sit in the amazing dining room or hit the cafe for a quick one.
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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.
Bone Daddies brought hipster ramen to London, and for that we’re forever grateful. Hit it for an excellent bowl of noodles, and don’t skip the sides.
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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.
Compared to other ramen restaurants, Ippudo in Covent Garden has the advantage of a cool-looking dining room, a bigger menu, and more room for groups.
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