3 Central Saint Giles Piazza, St Giles High Street, Camden, London, WC2H 8AG
First established in 1985 in Hakata, Japan, IPPUDO situated on St Giles High Street is the flagship store in Europe, and a strong player on London’s ramen scene. Modern interiors and an open-plan kitchen where you can see the true mastery of the ramen chefs, in addition to speedy service and a vibrant atmosphere, will make your dining experience at IPPUDO an unforgettable one. It has expanded to include sites in Canary Wharf and on Villiers Steet. IPPUDO is all about ramen. Creamy, rich tonkotsu broth and thin homemade noodles is a combination that’s impossible to resist. Served piping hot with signature melt-in-the-mouth pork belly chashu and an array of traditional toppings, it’s the defi nition of comfort food. From classic Hakata-style Shiromaru, to spicy Karaka-men with vegetarian and chicken-based options, there’s something to satisfy all ramen-lovers’ cravings. Diners may personalise their bowls, adding extra toppings. Don’t miss the appetiser selection – the fluffy, world-famous Hirata buns are to die for. Bite-size gyoza dumplings, crunchy sesame cucumber and a variety of rice donburi bowls won’t disappoint. To drink, Japanese beer, sake, and sake-based cocktails are perfectly paired with umami food. Keep an eye out for weekday promotions like lunchtime set menus. One thing is for sure – once you try Ippudo, you’re bound to keep coming back.