The team behind Shoryu Ramen bring us their latest venture, Ichiryu Hakata Udon House which specialise in serving freshly made udon. For those who are not familiar with udon, it is another type of noodle which is white, thick and chewy. It is usually served as a noodle soup like ramen but in a much lighter broth.
The restaurant is located near Tottenham Court road tube station and offers the option to eat in and take-out. However, the menu is limited for take-out so not all udon are available to order.
On my first visit I decided to use their take-out service, where you can walk straight to the tills and place your order. The waiting time was not long for them to put together my order and that is what you want to expect from a take-out service, especially when you do not have much time for a lunch break.
I ordered the Tempura udon soup (£10), which came with two big prawns, kamaboko fish cake in a tsuyu bonito soup. As it was take-out the tempura coating was soggy by the time I got back to the office. But the presentation was still looking fairly good when I open the lid.
On my next visit I decided to eat-in as the Tonkotsu udon soup (£11) was unavailable for take-out. It consisted of BBQ pork slices and ontama egg in tonkotsu pork soup.
I felt the texture of the udon was nice and chewy. I preferred the udon over my first visit which had a much more sticky texture.
The broth was rich in flavour and the highlight for me was the ontama egg. The runny yolk made it great to dip the udon. Just how I make my udon soup at home!
Ichiriyu offers a range of tempura which you can additional order to go with your udon.
With my tonkatsu udon I ordered a portion of prawn tempura (£3.80 for 2 pieces). This is served on a separate plate which meant it did not get soggy in the soup. The tempura batter was crunchy and definitely better not sitting in the soup.
Ichiryu is a casual canteen style dining place and the service I got for both eat-in and take-in make it a place to consider for lunch. Although, a bowl of udon soup at Ichiryu is at a price that is comparable to Koya Bar, I still think it is expensive. This would have to be a lunch treat for me as I could not afford to spend £10 every day for lunch.
(Not sponsored. Menu and prices are correct at the time of dining)
84 New Oxford Street,