Kanada-Ya makes the best bowl of tonkotsu ramen anywhere in London. There’s always a line of students from Hong Kong and Japan outside any of their shops (even in the cold – usually a good sign), but it’s absolutely worth the wait. With the totally reasonable prices (just over a tenner for the basic bowl of noodles), it’s a good deal. There’s not a whole lot for vegetarians, so don’t bring them with the hope that there’ll be a veg stock or tofu option. Do go for a casual, no-reservations spot where the atmosphere is full of the sounds of conversation and people slurping noodles. Expect not to linger, but to leave happy.
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The Oystermen - Seafood Bar & Kitchen
The Oystermen is a restaurant in Covent Garden that focuses on fresh oysters, crab, and seafood.
Redfarm is a cute spot in Covent Garden, and you’ll have a good time here so long as you stick to their creative and tasty dim sum.
Old Chang Kee
Old Chang Kee is a small Singaporean restaurant in Covent Garden specialising in curry puffs, which are very well priced for a quick grab and go.
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Tanakatsu is a small, inexpensive, and simple diner near Angel that serves teriyaki and sushi, but specialises in katsu.
Not only is the sushi at Sushi Atelier on Great Portland Street great, it’s also very affordable. Sit at the bar and get the 12-piece omakase.
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Compared to other ramen restaurants, Ippudo in Covent Garden has the advantage of a cool-looking dining room, a bigger menu, and more room for groups.
Lanzhou Noodle Bar
It doesn’t look promising from the outside, but Lanzhou Noodle Bar near Leicester Square makes excellent Chinese hand-pulled noodles.
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