Piri Piri Tonkotsu Ramen – Shoryu, Soho

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A couple of weeks back, had the opportunity to run some errands before having to fly up north for work. Seeing I’m in the Soho area, thought I pop by Shoryu to check out their tonkotsu ramen.

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Shoryu is the sister ramen bar of the Japan Centre which recently relocated to Piccadilly Circus, just round the corner from the Shoryu on Denman Street. In fact, after having my ramen, I pop by Japan Centre to check things out and was very impressed by their range of sushi available for takeaway. Dragged the Boom the very same week to grab some for dinner. That pig out is a story for another day 🙂

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I was very tempted to crush some garlic onto my ramen but got lazy as the entire bulb is still intact. Didn’t want to stink up my fellow passenger on the flight.

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Apart from ramen, Shoryu offers various other items from yakitori, yakimono, sushi, sashimi and a huge selection of sides and drinks. Was torn between the singature Shoryu Ganso or the Piri Piri Tonkotsu but ultimately settled on the spicy option.

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Overall, I was not really impressed by this ramen. The broth though creamy is not as rich and porky as I would like it to be. The noodles had a good bite initially but turned soft when I got to the bottom of the bowl. I could not discern much Piri Piri apart from the few slices of jalapeno peppers garnish. Being not a big fan of ginger in general, I should have pushed aside the generous sprinkling of pickled ginger as crunching on slivers of piquant ginger with every noodle bite was rather jarring.

An average and forgettable bowl at £11.90, perhaps I should give it another try before I pass the final verdict.

Shoryu
3 Denman Street
London W1D 7HA
* They don’t do reservations, walk-ins only

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Piri Piri Half Chicken – Pepe’s, Brick Lane

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Back in my other office at Brick Lane today and I bought along the last portion of my homemade “flied lice” for lunch. Was wondering what else I can get to add to it when one of my colleagues mentioned that the Tech Lead in my project practically camps out at Pepe’s everyday for lunch. Had to give it a try!

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Pepe’s looks like one of those franchise chains serving grilled chicken like Nando’s. The other franchise I’m aware of is Barcelo’s. All 3 professes to serve grilled chicken Portugese style with Pepe’s being the cheap and cheerful version.

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Decided to keep to the classics and ordered the original piri piri half chicken with a side of coleslaw. You get to decide the level of hotness you want your chicken to be. It ranges from Mild to Extra Hot but they also have Mango & Lime and Lemon & Herb for those of you who can’t take the heat. I think the chicken is partially cooked in an oven before placing on the grill after you ordered. During the grilling process is when your selected marinade is lashed on the chicken.

The half chicken was £5.99 while the coleslaw is 99p. At a total of £6.98, much more expensive than Sha Karahi’s offering but you get a bigger chicken at Pepe’s and definitely more affordable than Nando’s.

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A bit worried that since the chicken was precooked, it might be dry especially the breast but I worry too much. The chicken was nicely grilled with the distinctive smoky taste and the Hot marinade I asked for was not that hot at all. The 2 sauces provided – I think one is chilli while the other is herb and garlic – when combined, made a nice additional gravy like sauce to have your chicken with.

I’m pretty happy with my meal, much tastier than Nando’s and cheaper. Might try the fried version from Pepe’s next time.

Pepe’s Piri Piri
82 – 84 Brick Lane
London E1 6RL
0207 247 3636