London loves claiming well-established trends as its own – witness the deluge of burger restaurants that have been ushered into existence and the average Londoner’s discovery of the – gasp – midrange restaurant.
The latest (as of 2014) is undoubtedly the ramen restaurant; that humble pitstop-turned-purveyor of gourmet noodley goodness. A deep, slow simmered savoury broth paired with springy, toothsome noodles garnished with a bright and colourful toppings was always going to be a winner, wherever in the world you were. Unlike its noisier neighbours, Ramen Sasuke on Great Windmill Street focuses less on hype and more on the food, with excellent renditions of shoyu (soy sauce) and miso ramen to accompany the ever-popular tonkotsu broth. There is no fat pipette, but the kara-age is very good and it also offers other mains like katsu curry at very reasonable prices. A superior spot to escape from the hustle of Soho.