Bubbling bowls of steamy stock are not only all the rage across our city, but the restaurants offering them have got the rich Japanese flavours and killer side plates to back them up. From pairing noodles with sushi, takoyaki or cocktails to creating truffle-packed twists, each of these places for ramen in Manchester is an absolute must-try.
The best ramen in Manchester? Shoryu are certainly up there with the most popular. Settle into a booth at this sleek NQ spot, where your meal will be accompanied by the finest sake and wine. Whether you fancy bites of takoyaki or grilled teriyaki salmon to share, there's a whole host of other traditional dishes to chow down on too.
Maki & Ramen Manchester
Doing exactly what it says on the tin, Maki & Ramen make sure you can nab everything from sushi rolls to katsu curry, gyoza and, of course, the main event. Our favourite flavour? The black tonkotsu - a twist on the classic that's topped off by a good glug of homemade black garlic oil, alongside the usual pork belly, crispy onions and half a soft boiled egg.
Toyko Ramen's Manchester menu is small but mighty, with tantanmen, kinoko, shio and shoyu flavours making the final list. If that wasn't enough, then the crispiest koji fried chicken and plenty of flavourful veggie gyozas come on the side too, all to be swilled away by none other than an Asahi. This is casual NQ dining at its finest.
New Wave Ramen
Out of all the ramen in Manchester's Northern Quarter, New Wave is serving it up in the most vibrant of surrounds: Mackie Mayor food court. Our top pick would be the paitan ramen, the creamy chicken-based cousin of the classic tonkotsu. Or, if you're brave enough, get your hands on the pigs head korokke (croquettes) with potato, miso mayo and seaweed powder.
Shogun Ramen & Bar
The new kid on the block, Shogun Ramen & Bar has opened on the site of what was formerly Peck & Yard in Chorlton. The pan-Asian fried chicken shop closed earlier this year, but has relaunched as the friendly neighbourhood destination for broth-soaked noodles. But that's not the best part, as it's also making sure to whip up halal ramen for Manchester too.
Lucky Ramen Manchester
For ramen in Manchester's Ancoats, this kitchen resident at Mule is where you should be looking to. Not only that, but Lucky Ramen are pairing steaming bowls of noodles with sushi too, including maki, raw fish tacos and tataki, so you can get a taste of these two Japanese favourites side-by-side. With space for only a dozen diners, this intimate setting is worth the walk-in.
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