Kanada-Ya is the newest addition to London’s Ramen epidemic, and as avid Noodle fans the ONIN team had to get down there!
As the ONIN editor Abi and I wandered down behind Tottenham Court Road into Kanada-Ya with rumbling tummies we were welcomed with the most lovely enthusiastic traditional Japanese greeting! With its minimalistic, white, airy interior and knowledgeable staff, Kanada-Ya is every inch a desirable London dining spot. The staff were all so jolly and immediately ready to help us with our menu choices (I think they could smell our terrible pronunciation a mile off!).
They like to keep it simple here, which was great for us Indecisive Ingrids’. We both opted for steaming bowls of Chasiu men (mine with a cheeky Hanjuka pickled egg!) a smooth, light broth. Plus we added a couple Ume (pickled plum) and sake (salmon) onigiri (rice ball) sides.
Luckily our food was ready in a jiffy, and two large steaming bowls of ramen were placed in front of us. We heartily tucked in and boy it hit the spot! The soft noodles were teamed with slices of pork collar, spring onions and nori (seaweed) in soupy lushness!
Our rice balls were sort of triangle shaped treasure chests. There was quite a lot of rice, and the salmon was rather salty and dry, however the pickled plums were definitely worth digging for!
As the clock struck 6.30pm the restaurant started to fill rather rapidly, and for us it was time to head home. However the manager insisted we tried their homemade Mochi (ice cream) balls, which was lovely as we felt there was no push to turnaround the restaurant. Merlins beard good job we did! The skin was made from compressed rice and the inside was creamy green tea and a sweet yellow ice cream. I devoured mine pretty sharpish and Abi (although isn’t the biggest ice cream fan) loved hers!
Award winning in Japan; Kanada-Ya has earned its place on London’s ramen scene, and by its midweek popularity the guys are here to stay!
64 St Giles High Street
London WC2H 8LE
Monday to Saturday 12pm-3pm and 5pm-10pm