If you’re looking for a small cosy restaurant that serves big food, then look no further than Kanada-Ya!
Kanada-Ya was founded in Japan in 2009 and opened in London in 2014. There’s now 2 branches. But we of course had to visit their original branch which is located less than 5 minutes from Tottenham Court Road station.
Expect to queue when you visit Kanada-Ya though. There’s probably around 30 seats altogether inside. But Kanada-Ya is definitely one to try when it comes to ramen in London.
The menu is as small as the restaurant, with a choice of only 4 types of ramen. As we went as a party of 4, we got to order all of them to try. When ordering, you get to choose the firmness of your ramen – from extra firm, firm , regular or soft. There’s also a variety of different toppings to choose from. We kept it simple and just asked for the additional Hanjuku Egg (£2.00) which was perfectly cooked. The runny egg yolk was so velvety and rich and added that extra luxurious texture to our ramen.
Original Ramen (£10.50) – The Original Ramen at Kanada-Ya forms the basis to all their ramens and what you see is what you get! A generous portion of ramen noodles served with an 18-hour pork bone broth, topped with slices of chashu pork belly, wood ear fungus, nori (seaweed) and spring onion. The menu also says there’s a secret sauce in this, not sure what it was, but it definitely tasted great! The broth was intense and full of flavour. The slices of chashu pork were melt-in-your-mouth tender. All the different toppings not only made the bowl of ramen pretty, they also added to the overall flavour and texture. If you like the simple things in life, then you won’t go wrong with this Original!
Moyashi Ramen (£11.50) – the Original Ramen, topped with steamed beansprouts. This is one for those of you that like a bit of veg in your ramen. The steamed beansprouts were just cooked, so they still had a bit of crunch to them.
Chashu-Men (£13.00) – the Original Ramen, but instead of the pork belly slices, you get massive pork collar slices. The pork collar had just the right amount of fat, evenly distributed across the meat. Which means it was super tender, but also had a bit of bite to it.
Gekikara Ramen (£13.00) – Served with spicy ‘tan tan’ style minced pork,
pork belly chashu. This is perfect for those that like a bit of a kick in their ramen. As you can see, it’s pork mince, with pork belly slices, in a pork bone broth. So this is pretty porky! The spiciness isn’t too overpowering, so you can still taste all the different levels of flavours from the ramen.
We also had a side dish of Karaage (£6.50) – which were deep fried chunks of chicken, served with creamy Japanese mayonnaise. These were super crispy and moist. The seasoning was in the coating and on the chicken itself. So we could tell they were freshly cooked for us. Extremely yummy and a must try if you come to Kanada-Ya. We think they would’ve tasted even better if they were spicy tough.
As you can tell, we had a good time at Kanada-Ya and pretty much ate their whole menu. So overall, we’re giving Kanada-ya 4 yums. Although the ramen was nice, the broth could’ve been more intense. We also felt that the ramen needed the additional toppings of the pickles, garlic and sesame to really bring it to life. So that was a little disappointing. Having said that, we’d still go back to Kanada-Ya to have their yummy authentic ramen again!
Opening times: Mon-Sat 1200-1500; 1700-2230; Sun 1200-2030
Location: 64 St Giles High St, London WC2H 8LE