Authentic Japanese Noodles At Kanada-Ya
Truly traditional Japanese soup broth is surprisingly hard to come by in London, despite a recent wave of noodle bars opening their doors. We’d heard Kanada-Ya were among the few establishments to simmer their bone broth for the perfect length of time – 18 hours, and went along to the Angel branch on Upper Street, to investigate.
Minimal decor and clean lines characterise the tiny ramen bar, tucked away near Oasis, Starbucks and other big chains on the busy high street. Greeted by an assistant waiting near a wall of beautiful lanterns, we were quickly shown to a wooden banquette seat.
Spying an array of hot and cold sake on the drinks menu, we began with a sparkling Mio, a light and refreshing bottle of bubbles with hints of pear and grape (think Prosecco, but sweeter, fruitier and dangerously easier to drink). You’ll also find 100% malt first press Kirini beer and Inari, an extra pale golden ale.
Options to calm a starving belly while you peruse the noodle menu include golden, crunchy karagee (tasty, KFC-like Japanese fried chicken with mayo) and gyoza dumplings. We ordered one of each, before marvelling at the fact the restaurant offers an Allergen menu – where you can clearly see which dishes feature nuts, gluten, soya, molluscs, dairy, fish, sulphur dioxide, eggs, celery and sesame. Dining with a friend with a severe nut allergy, we concluded that all restaurants should provide such a nice (and necessary) touch.
We eventually opted for the classic ‘Tonkotzu-X’ (£10.50) hand-pulled noodles, comprising pork and corn fed chicken bone broth, yuzu-shoyu, chashu pork belly, wood ear fungus (tastier than it sounds), seaweed and spring onion. Huge, piping hot bowls soon arrived, our added boiled egg (£2) sliced and nestled on top a mound of hard noodles (also available in ‘extra hard’, ‘regular’ and ‘soft’.
Comfort food at its very best, this is best ordered on a grey, dull day – just as well then, the likes of which occur most weeks in this city. What better excuse?
ANYTHING ELSE? Yes girl. They do £10 lunches Monday-Thursday from 12-3pm (Angel and Piccadilly branches only). You’re welcome.
INFO: Kanada-Ya Angel, 35 Upper Street, London, N1 0PN
Fashionbite were guests of Kanada-Ya, but as ever, we only recommend and review restaurants we absolutely loved – no exceptions #invite