Hello guys and welcome to another foodie post, a round up of the Japanese places we have visited over the last couple of months that I highly recommend. We recently booked flights to Japan for the Rugby World Cup, so we want to try as many Japanese places as we can to see which restaurants will compare on our trip in September. The places we have visited so far are a mixture of recommendations, discovering new eats and one place that kindly gifted us a free meal. So let’s get onto the first place.
This was the first Japanese style of restaurant we tried and was kindly gifted a free meal for two. Shoryu Ramen specialises itself in Hakata ramen that is from the most southern island of Japan. With the owner being from this area he brought over his hometown’s tonkotsu ramen and created a special version for his restaurant. They have 13 resturants open in various locations but the Manchester one had just opened so we had the chance to taste the ramen for ourselves. This was the first time tasting ramen and I had no idea what to expect. After my first taste of I totally understood why people love this dish. We ordered the Kimchi Seafood Tonkotsu and Dracula Tonkotsu and shared the dishes so we could taste the different favours from each broth. This place is a hidden gem in Piccadilly Gardens and is a great spot to stop for lunch.
Tip : Order the Takojaki, octopus balls with Japanese mayo. They were a delicious highlight of our meal and can’t wait to have them again!
Kyotoya is a small cute, very popular restaurant, that is tucked away down a side street in Withington and isn’t too far from where we live. We had been recommended to try to this place for the sushi or Katsu curry, I opted for the curry. I must admit I have been spoilt by a Japanese restaurant in London, that made the freshest tasting Katsu curry I’ve ever had. It’s somewhere I always visit when I’m back down in London. Kyotoya had a high standard of Katsu curry to live up to for me. The dish was delicious and I would order it again but I’m still on the search to find somewhere in Manchester that serves Katsu curry as good as You Me Sushi in London! Next time we go I am going to try the sushi menu or the bento box.
Tip : Kyotoya is a small family restaurant, so booking a table is recommended as this place is very popular.
Saving the best until last, as Tokyo Ramen knocks the other two out the water! Tokyo Ramen has only been open for two months and it sells out of ramen everyday. Every time I’ve been we only just manage to grab a table as the restaurant is always full. The menu made up of three traditional versions of ramen and just a few side dishes to compliment the mains. The first time I went Joe had the original pork belly ramen and I had the spicy chicken and swapped half way to taste the difference. The original ramen is good but I much prefer the spicy fried chicken both.
Tip : They don’t take bookings for the two sittings. So to avoid disappointment of the ramen selling out, arrive early.
These are the first of many Japanese restaurants that we have tried in Manchester. If you know of anywhere that sells amazing Katsu curry, please comment below!
Anything marked * has been gifted