Ramen at Shoryu

If you don't know what Ramen is it is delicious and you should try it and make sure you go to Shoryu for your first experience. Shoryu Ramen specialises in Hakata tonkotsu ramen from the Hakata district of Fukuoka city on the southern island of Kyushu, Japan. Hakata tonkotsu ramen is a style of ramen made with a thick, rich, white pork soup and thin, straight ramen noodles. Sound delicious? Course it does, here's what we thought...

You're in the middle of Manchester, but when you step into the restaurant you feel like you've walked into Japan. All of the staff welcome you with a traditional Japanese greeting, which I am not exactly sure what they said but it was great. The restaurant has such a cool and laid back vibe to it, it is the epitemy of casual dining, especially as we requested bibs because ramen is a sticky situation. There's an open kitchen with only a few chefs, even when the restaurant is busy, they keep their cool and still shout a welcome to all of the customers. 

We were looked after by the most friendly staff and they told us how it all goes. We both ordered the Shoryu buns, chicken for me and pork for Simon. Reflecting on the meal, this was my favourite part and I would have ordered more to take home. The buns are a light, sticky texture and don't leave you feeling bloated like normal bread, plus they also do gluten free and veggie options. 

Next for the main... Kotteri Hakata Tonkotsu for Simon and Miso Wafu Chicken for me. Tonkotsu is a 12 hour pork broth ramen, filled with pork belly, egg, kikurage mushrooms, spring onion, sesame, ginger, nori seaweed, but of course he had to get the dish with extra meat and egg. From what I was told it was delicious, there was lots of slurping going on and he even drank the juices left at the end. As for my meal, it was certainly a pretty picture, this was the first time i've seen pink ginger and i'm sure that'll be the same for most people! You get a generous helping of meat and I was surprisingly too full to finish the meal, which meant more for simon. 

Obviously never too full for dessert, I tried the matcha cheesecake, which I must say has an unusual taste. The matcha is very powerful but makes you feel like you're eating something healthy for dessert. All in all, it was a very interesting meal and not like any other place in Manchester, I've had my fair share of Asian food, but nothing quite like Japanese. If you want to widen your pallet and explore great places to eat, this is definitely one to tick off your list. 


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