I wanted to go to Ippudo for a while, but it often takes longer to get to that place that always has lines out the front – you have to have enough time for the meal *and* for the queuing.
We finally made it to Ippudo after a morning yoga class in our gym just around the corner (Virgin Active) and were pleased to be inside within about 5 minutes. It’s a lovely dark glossy space, pretty loud but not too oppressive.
The fluffy buns with crispy prawns were wonderful. So often these kind of bao are meat options only and us little pescetarians or vegos miss out – this was a wonderful exception. I would eat these EVERY DAY if I could.
IPPUDO SHRIMP BUN $5 一風堂シュリンプバン Steamed bun with deep fried shrimp and IPPUDO original sauce.
If you have a pickled cucumber on your menu I will order it. I love the freshness.
GOMA Q $7 胡麻きゅうり Japanese cucumber with sesame sauce.
And then the piece de resistance – the vegetarian ramen. This was one of the weirdest things I have ever eaten – ramen with cornflakes and yoghurt and nuts and fruit and salad and more. It was surprisingly delicious even if I made little noises of surprise after every bite.
I am immensely sad to say that this does not appear to be on their menu any more. Major sad face.
My boy got the more traditional ramen and made many happy noises while slurping it. Ippudo has quite a selection of noodle thicknesses and their noodles are a bit more al dente than the usual ramen shop offerings.
I had a tiny slurp of the broth and it was everything it should be – thick and salty, though too porky for me.
HIROMARU TAMAGO $17 白丸玉子 Shiromaru with flavoured egg