Japan-ing out in London town!

Touching Base with the Mother Ship

Ramen Noodle Soup

Ramen is very popular in Japan and I am a big fan of it. I crave it especially after having a few drinks. I often wish Bristol had a decent ramen restaurant like there is in London.

My wife and I try to go to a different restaurant each time we visit London. This time we went for lunch at Ippudo London in St. Giles. Ippudo is good both on flavour and in terms of customer service but it comes at a premium price. It is true that you get what you pay for. Nevertheless we would happily go back there again. I felt nostalgic remembering the days when I used to queue up to eat at Ippudo in Tokyo, although I could not help but notice that in London a meal is about three times the price that you would expect back in Japan.

Ippudo Ramen, London

Whilst writing, there was another ramen restaurant called Kanadaya across the road from Ippudo in St Giles. There was a long queue at Kanadaya, which is a good sign. We will definitely give it a go next time.

Japan Centre

Next stop on our trip was the Japan Centre. It has been a while since we last visited there.

We went in to look for shodo brushes but came out with nattō. My wife and I love nattō!

In terms of stocks and varieties, the Japan Centre is a great place for anything Japanese but it is far too packed and busy to browse. Next time I might try the online shop instead.

Japanese Books

JP Books is at a stone’s throw from the Japan Centre.

It is one of my objectives for this year to read more Japanese books than I have done in the past couple of years.

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami
JP Books, London

I am now reading “Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage” by Haruki Murakami, which I bought at JP Books near Soho.

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