Shoryu Ramen specialises in Hakata tonkotsu ramen from the Hakata district of Fukuoka city on the southern island of Kyushu, Japan. Hakata tonkotsu ramen is a style of ramen made with a thick, rich, white pork soup and thin, straight ramen noodles. Our Hakata tonkotsu ramen recipe has been specially created by our Executive Chef Kanji Furukawa who was born and raised in Hakata, to provide the UK with highly crafted, genuine tonkotsu rarely found outside Japan. Shoryu's owner Tak Tokumine is also a native of Fukuoka city and along with Kanji is dedicated to championing his hometown’s local speciality.
”100% would recommend…one of the best joints for ramen.”Buzzfeed
“Next-level ramen”Time Out
”A refined, stylish take on ramen”Evening Standard
What makes the perfect ramen?
Our ramen bosses hail from the energised 24 hour city of Hakata, Fukuoka which also happens to be the birthplace of the tonkotsu ramen we all know and love. Being brought up on the stuff, these masters know the ins and outs of what makes a good and tasty bowl.
Tak Tokumine ‘Ramen Shogun’
Shoryu Ramen and Japan Centre CEO
Hakata native turned Londoner, Tak conceived London's most loved Japanese food hall, Japan Centre in 1976 after settling in the UK. Fast forward to 2012, he saw London's appetite for Japanese food was becoming more sophisticated and there was an opening for a Hakata style ramen bar. This inspiration helped revolutionise the Japanese offering in London's dining scene. Tak's determination and love for his hometown's speciality has helped Shoryu flourish into the ramen powerhouse it is today.
"I am proud of my hometown's tonkotsu ramen and passionate about our traditional cooking, so naturally I am very excited to bring it from Hakata to the good people of the UK."
Kanji Furukawa 'Ramen Boss'
Executive Chef Kanji is Shoryu’s Ramen Boss and tonkotsu alchemist, turning bones into rich, silky broth like only a master can. Kanji was head hunted by Tak himself for his expertise and passion for washoku dining. Being a Hakata native and growing up on ramen, Kanji has a finely tuned palate for tonkotsu, honing Shoryu's recipe over months until it was perfect.
Originally from the Philippines, Andy has always had a calling for creating exquisite flavours in his dishes. Shoryu Ramen’s Head Chef started cooking in his college days and now has over 15 years of Japanese cuisine under his belt. Much like our Executive Chef, Kanji, Andy was head hunted due to his culinary reputation forged from hard work and unrivalled raw talent. Japanese is understandably his favourite style of cuisine with Korean coming a close second.
Maria Vittoria Vecchione
Maria Vittoria Vecchione
Area Bar Manager
Maria Vittoria Vecchione is the Area Bar Manager for Shoryu Ramen and has a wealth of sake experience.
She is instrumental in putting together the drinks and cocktails list at all of the restaurants and has created over 50 sake inspired cocktails each a fusion of traditional Japanese flavours and ingredients with modern twists.
Maria also holds regular sake workshops to help educate Londoners about what sake is and how to drink it. Look out for them on our social media pages. Kampai!