Ivan Ramen – The NYC Ramen Guru

Ivan Orkin is a self-confessed Japan nut, having moved to Tokyo shortly after college to live and breath his fascination of the country. There he met his interior designer wife, took on the role as a house-husband, before he became the first American to open…

Ippudo Ginza (Tokyo) Ramen firing on all cylinders

Ippudo Ginza was close to our hotel but that isn’t the reason why I wanted to come here. After visiting their New York Lower East Side shop (full review here) I was really intrigued as to how one of their Tokyo offerings was going to…

Rokurinsha – Tokyo Station – aka Tokyo Ramen Street

Rokurinsha which first opened in June 2009 on the fondly named ‘Ramen Street’ should be firmly on the slurp trail of any die-hard ramen fan. It’s known as ‘Tsukemen’, a style of noods referred to as ‘dipping ramen’ and it was this very restaurant situated…

Ippudo – East Village NYC – ironically the bao blew me away

Ramen is Japan’s answer to soul food and I can get why with those delectable slowly simmered broths made from pork, chicken, beef, or indeed seafood soaking up those sexy noods. The aim is to extract every ounce of flavour to coat those noodles and off…

Shoryu Ramen – Review (London Soho)

Having been to Bone Daddies and a being regular at Tonkotsu, Shoryu was much coveted by fellow obsessive noodlemeisters as the place to go and very high on my hit list. Opps, have I just sparked off a fierce ramen debate already? I love the…

Tonkotsu – Review (London Soho)

Ladies and gents, here is the latest incarnation brought to us by The Tsura Sushi Bar folk. So what can I say about Ramen? This wheat and egg based noodle with an elastic, springy chew is not to be confused with the packet nonsense that…