Shoryu Ramen, a Japanese restaurant specialising in authentic Hakata cuisine, is set to open its doors in Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester, this November.
The 55 cover restaurant, which is Shoryu Ramen’s first outside of London, will open for the first time on Wednesday 30th November offering its signature Hakata tonkotsu ramen, Shoryu buns and Gekkeikan Royal Warrant Sake.
Launched in 2012 and owned by the Japan Centre’s CEO Tak Tokumine, Shoryu Ramen already has six restaurant sites plus Shoryu Go, a dedicated tonkotsu ramen take-out bar.
The interior has been designed by Blenheim (blenheimdesign.com) and will feature an alfresco dining area, an open kitchen and a mini dining pod for smaller groups. A relaxed bar area, and an intimate sake lined dining area with white tiles and brick work decoration will create a light, welcoming and relaxed atmosphere.
Tak Tokumine says: “UK noodle culture has really become more sophisticated in recent years. As the British market has become more accustomed to noodles, we’re able to introduce very specific dishes, such as Hakata tonkotsu ramen, for those looking for the real deal. I want to make sure everyone can experience real flavours, real dishes on their doorstep, so I am really pleased to be able to introduce authentic ramen to the people of Manchester next month!”
As well as ramen, the Shoryu menu also includes Japanese staples such as ‘Shoryu Buns’ – similar to the now well known ‘hirata buns’. These fluffy, steamed buns are handmade daily and Shoryu offers a selection of six fillings including BBQ pork.
Another staple is ‘testunabe’ gyoza – a Hakatan version of gyoza, filled with pork and served in a sizzling tetsunabe cast-iron skillet, a dish only served this way by Shoryu in London and now Manchester. Other dishes that feature on the menu are a range of tempura and sashimi.
Shoryu’s sake sommelier, Mimi Tokumine (Tak Tokumine’s niece) is one of only a handful of sake sommeliers in Britain and helped shape the Shoryu sake offering. Sake will feature prominently on the new Shoryu drinks menu and will include a large range of Japanese inspired cocktails, made with sake, whisky and umeshu. The Yuzu Mojito is a mix of strawberries, lime, mint and sugar with white rum and yuzu citrus umeshu over crushed ice. Japanese beers such as Kirin, Asahi and Musashino Craft Beer will also available.
The restaurant will host a VIP invite only launch party on Tuesday 29th November – which is a significant date as it falls on the full moon. For news on soft openings and other events follow Shoryu Ramen on Twitter.
For more information on Shoryu Ramen please go to – shoryuramen.com