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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Barrafina Drury Lane
Barrafina is a legendary tapas restaurant that’s crowded but always worth the wait. The Drury Lane outpost in Covent Garden has a pretty terrace.
Parsons is a tiny seafood restaurant in Covent Garden. It’s a sanctuary from the crowds and serves some very nice fish based dishes too.
When you eat at The Barbary in Covent Garden, everyone sits at the bar and everyone has a great time, while eating brilliant Middle Eastern food.
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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.
Not only is the sushi at Sushi Atelier on Great Portland Street great, it’s also very affordable. Sit at the bar and get the 12-piece omakase.
Bone Daddies High St. Kensington
Bone Daddies has brought ramen to High Street Kensington, with this location atop a Whole Foods. Hit it for an excellent bowl of noodles.
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Lanzhou Noodle House
It doesn’t look promising from the outside, but Lanzhou Noodle House near Leicester Square makes excellent Chinese hand-pulled noodles.
Yamagoya is a Japanese fast-casual restaurant in Southwark which is great for a quick snack or an excellent bowl of ramen.
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