I’m not sure ramen is the best pre-theatre food – it’s too comforting and often all I want to do afterwards is go home and sit.
However, it had been a while since my last post and there was a restaurant I wanted to check out just around the corner from the Haymarket Theatre, so it seemed like the obvious choice.
Kanada-Ya has got a few branches in London (I’ve previously reviewed the Covent Garden branch) but this time it was the Piccadilly shop that we called in to. They don’t seat incomplete parties and Mel was running late (she has a geography degree but she got lost!) so I was doing my best to defend our place in the queue.
Side note: One thing I liked about restaurants in NYC is the system for putting your name down, we should import that.
The bonus of ramen is that it’s quick and people don’t drag it out, so it wasn’t long before we were seated.
I ordered the salmon onigiri to start, I chose the Chicken Paitan and Mel opted for the basic Tonkotsu ramen. We both naturally added an egg, which should always come as standard (I am prepared to die on this particular hill).
The onigiri looked better than they tasted; a more liberal squirt of mayonnaise and a bit more salmon would have improved it no end. The noodles were great, just the right firmness (hard) and my broth was thicker than some of the chicken broths I’ve previously tried.
I also had a beer, purely because it had the same name as my cat!
We didn’t stay long because we had to collect tickets and go see a show, but I’d definitely go back to Kanada-Ya again.
Also – a shout out for them being the only ramen joint I’ve visited that has a specific kids ramen menu.
Kanada-Ya Piccadilly gets a solid 4/5.