Big Bowls - London's Best Ramen

Whether you love to sip, slurp or guzzle, there's nothing quite like a steaming bowl of ramen to banish the blues and cure your winter ailments. On the hunt for a shio-style soup, a just-about-boiled egg or a big hunk of slow-cooked pork? You're in luck - London's restaurants are serving up ramen like it's going out of fashion (which, you'll be pleased to hear, it definitely isnt). From Brixton market stalls to secret Soho spots, check out our guide on where to find the best ramen in London here. Napkins at the ready.

Last updated on 29th January 2020




Nanban

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The brainchild of MasterChef champ Tim Anderson, Nanban is the independent Brixton spot with a BIG reputation. Any first-timers should be sure to get a taste of the signature Lazy Goat Ragu-Men - a slow-cooked boneless goat leg served with thick noodles and an Indo-Caribbean curry sauce.

Located just a short stroll away from Tower Bridge, Hakata is the perfect place for a quick refuel after a long day of sightseeing. Suitable for even the pickiest of eaters, each ramen bowl here can be totally customised, with the option to choose noodle hardness, extra toppings and make swaps for vegan alternatives.

Located in the heart of the City, Koya is a sleek and pared back eatery specialising in traditional udon noodles. Their signature atsu-atsu bowls can be topped with prawn tempura, pork and kasu-miso, beef and smoked mackerel amongst others. And to wash it down with? There's an impressive selection of sake, beer and tea - all imported directly from Japan.

Boasting eleven venues across the city, Tonkotsu understands that the devil is in the detail, hence why they cook every single noodle for exactly 32 seconds. For something a little different, opt for the veggie-friendly miso mushroom ramen, made with hoards of shiitake, enoki and shimeji mushrooms and garnished with their trademark seasoned egg.

Monohon is a tiny ramen restaurant located just a stone's throw away from Old Street roundabout. Originally starting off as a pop-up trawling East London's markets, the menu here focuses on just 7 bowls of ramen - some soupless and some classic. Grab a seat by the open kitchen for a sneak peek into the labour of love that goes into every bowl. 

Originating in Fukuoka nearly fifty years ago, Yamagoya's buzzing Waterloo spot is a far cry from the brand's humble beginnings - but one thing remains unchanged - the yamagoya ramen recipe. The atmosphere at this contemporary restaurant is relaxed, with long sharing tables and an easy to digest menu with just five varieties of their famed bowl.

Pop Brixton

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Every element of the ramen at Koi is made from scratch using traditional Japanese techniques. From the 12-hour broth to the slow-cooked pork belly slices and the fresh egg noodles, each slurp guarantees pure joy. Located on the ground floor of Pop Brixton, head here for a grab and go lunch that will put your usual sarnie offering to shame.