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kanada-ya ramen bar

As I mentioned in my Japanese Journey post, it was a blessing in disguise that due to the long queue, we didn’t manage to go to Kanada-Ya that day. There is no way we could have managed a whole portion of ramen amongst everything else!

Luckily, they kindly allowed me to use my passport to  claim my bowl of noodles a couple of days later. E and I were meaning to try this place together anyway, so we went for an early dinner (although we got there at 5pm and still had to queue for about 20 minutes!).

It’s a tiny place with probably not many more than 20 seats available, and nearly everyone working there is Japanese. It’s what most ramen bars are like in Japan – nothing fancy, counter seats, and nothing but ramen on the menu.

To my delight, the taste also reflected the authenticity of it all – they know what they’re doing. It’s like going to an Italian restaurant and getting a margherita pizza that is spot on – a real treat. 

Mine was the original, and E had the Chashu Men with lots of pork. We also chose to have our noodles cooked hard (they give you options of how cooked you want your noodles to be), which for me is just right. 

I can’t fault this place, but of course, it’s not always practical to have to queue (20 minutes is probably the shortest time you would spend waiting there – the manager told us it’s often over an hour’s wait). Shoryu still has my heart when it comes to the best all rounder, but Kanada-Ya is battling them to the top! 

I never thought that I would be struggling to decide the number 1 spot between such amazing ramen places in London. It’s a serious luxury, and I definitely can’t complain!

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  • Reply Angie SilverSpoon

    I've actually heard mixed things about this place. I'll give Shoryu a try first 🙂 Lots of love,Angie SilverSpoon London

    October 25, 2014 at 10:06 am
  • Reply Lisa

    It's great that you still got to visit, even though it was a few days later. I love the idea of ramen but struggle to go with my pescetarian boyfriend as they're usually pork-based broths.

    October 25, 2014 at 10:15 am
  • Reply Elizabeth Georgian

    I love noodle soup! I will have to keep all of these suggestions in mind if I make it to London soon!

    October 25, 2014 at 3:29 pm
  • Reply Anna I

    mmm I haven't had ramen in ages, this looks good! x

    October 25, 2014 at 4:14 pm
  • Reply Ice Pandora

    You have found another great ramen place! Your bowl looks and sounds great c: Xx

    October 25, 2014 at 8:59 pm
  • Reply jennie

    Ahh so good that you still got to visit and even better that it was worth the wait! x

    October 26, 2014 at 8:28 pm
  • Reply Julie Hoang

    I’ve been meaning to go here! It’s funny though because it seems like I’m the only one that doesn’t like Shoryu’s ramen 🙁

    October 26, 2014 at 10:03 pm
  • Reply Jane

    My husband loves Japanese ramen and we had a good selection of places to go when we lived in NY but not so much anymore. He would drool over this post! 🙂

    October 28, 2014 at 3:47 pm
  • Reply Tamsin Lim

    DROOL. I really shouldn't ever go near your blog late at night 🙂 Love the way they've artfully arrayed the meat around the bowl! And the broth looks deeeelish. Still a big Bone Daddies fan (miso butter! corn! bone broth!) but I've been won over by Shoryu too, on your recommendation… Still have to try Tonkotsu and Koya! xx

    October 28, 2014 at 11:13 pm
  • Reply Marla Rogers

    I probably shouldn't have read this at lunch time lol. I just love ramen so much and your pictures are always so perfect…I need a bowl right now!

    November 13, 2014 at 8:21 pm
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