Chilli Ramen

Kannada-Ya: Ramen Restaurant in London

Kannada-Ya is a small Japanese ramen bar that has branches in Japan, London, UK and Hong Kong.

The one I visited was 8 minutes walk from Tottenham Court Road Station in London and was very easy to find; although Google Map was very helpful due to all the road works happening in the area.

The restaurant has a similar take to other no-booking restaurants where the seating is limited and revolves around a fast-food like service. However, they don’t force you to leave even though there’s a queue formed outside. The patrons waiting outside will just be staring at you through the window though…

The menu is very limited and isn’t vegetarian friendly as everything is made with pork. The original ramen is thinly sliced pieces of Cha siu (bbq flavoured pork), some mu shu (fungus), nori (seaweed sheet) and spring onions (standard). Then there are three other options of adding beanshoots, making it spicy or changing the pork belly to the pork collar meat (less fatty).

Original Ramen
Original Pork Ramen

I picked the original to try and the cha siu melted in my mouth.  It was very succulent and not rough at all! However you only get a few slices which wasn’t enough for my appetite. The pork bone broth was delicious and very flavoursome but the starch from the noodles made the broth murky and started to get thick, adding a milky flavour to the soup.
Chilli Ramen
Chilli Ramen

There are also other sides and extra ramen if you have extra broth left over and still feeling hungry!

Website: www.kanada-ya.com

I want to try out more! Would you recommend any restaurants in London?

With love,
Kekidoll xoxo

Review: Shoyru

Shoyru is another ‘no book’ restaurants to add to your to go to list. It’s a fairly small ramen restaurant where everyone will sit next to you within elbows reach, yes it’s that close.

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Shoryu

It has a Hong Kong 大排擋 feel to it. Since I can literally hear everyone conversation. I ended up talking in Chinese to my friend Sue just so we had a little privacy and didn’t have to bore anyone with our conversation, lol.
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Everyone sits so close

I ordered green tea ramen which was surprisingly different and was actually the texture of soba noodles rather than ramen. The noodles had a springy feel when you chew into it but I couldn’t really taste the green tea flavour in them. The soup broth was miso based so that was nice and had the authentic taste.
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Smoked Salmon Hot & Cold Ramen

Sue ordered a special hot and cold dish where the ingredients came separately to the soup base. The flavour of the smoked salmon was so extreme, it was almost like eating bacon. Very very tasty although I provably would have dumped everything in the bowl since I prefer hot food. Although it is different when you eat it cold.
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Nom nom

The food was good and the atmosphere loud and bustling. All the waiters and waitresses will get you when you arrive and when you leave, just like they do on Japan. It’s a really good experience if you want to fell like you’re in Japan for an hour or two. The price isn’t too steep but is more then average. Sure and I spent about £15 each without drinks.
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What cuisine or restaurant should I try next?

With Love,
Kekidoll xoxo

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