Eating my way around Taiwan
Chinese / Chinese Dumplings / Chinese Noodles / Taiwanese

Eating my way around Taiwan

A travelogue where I eat myself stupid while the locals gawp and stare I could bore myself to tears writing about Taiwan – the landscapes, the cities and the people are, respectively, awe-inspiring, terrifying and fascinatingly peculiar. Taiwan’s food culture is a complex, wonderful thing with cuisines from all over mainland China crowded together on … Continue reading

Bone Daddies vs Tonkotsu vs Shoryu review – which is the best ramen in London?
★★★★☆ / ★★☆☆☆ / Japanese / Japanese Noodles

Bone Daddies vs Tonkotsu vs Shoryu review – which is the best ramen in London?

Ramen-ya or Ramen nah? Update 20/10/14 – for the latest tonkotsu ramen coverage check out my group test Ramen restaurants are like buses – you wait ages for one, then three come along all at once. I’ve visited Tonkotsu before, but that little Soho gem has now been joined by Bone Daddies and Shoryu and … Continue reading

★★★☆☆ / Japanese / Japanese Noodles / Sushi/Sashimi

Toku review – the Japan Centre’s awkward middle child restaurant

Piccadilly Japanese is just going through the motions There’s a curious glut of Japanese restaurants on Lower Regent Street, a short walk away from Piccadilly Circus. If you have a lot of money, the hilariously small branch of Japanese department store chain Mitsukoshi has its own high-priced restaurant. If you’re on a budget, then the … Continue reading

★★★★☆ / Japanese Noodles

Tonkotsu review – proper ramen comes to Soho

Noodle kaboodle Thanks to the instant noodle convenience food that shares its name, ramen isn’t the most glamorous of dishes, but it can be surprisingly difficult to get right. The imaginatively named Tonkotsu on Dean Street is a new restaurant that eschews sushi and katsu curries, concentrating solely on this underappreciated noodle soup dish. Tonkotsu … Continue reading

★★★☆☆ / Japanese / Japanese Noodles / Sushi/Sashimi

Ittenbari review – ramen revelation or revulsion?

Ra-ra-ramen-ra In London’s increasingly crowded restaurant scene, new eateries often need a hook or some unique selling point to pull in the punters. For restaurants drawing on the rich culinary heritage of a foreign country, one easy hook is a dish or regional cuisine underrepresented in the UK. Ittenbari is a new Japanese restaurant specialising … Continue reading

★★★☆☆ / Japanese / Japanese Noodles

Taro review – Cheap Japanese food, but is it cheerful?

Inexpensive and quick. I can’t complain about that. Or can I? Oh God, I hear you cry! Not another review of a Japanese restaurant! Admittedly I enjoy Japanese food much to the detriment of my wallet and the boredom of my less-enthusiastic dining companions, but this will be the last Japanese restaurant review, at least … Continue reading