84 New Oxford St, WC1A 1HB
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Mon-Sat midday-10.30pm; Sun midday-9.30pm

By the culinary creators and curators of Shoryu and the Japan Centre, this udon-centric restaurant is as authentic as its guests. From the Izakaya-style interior, wood panelling and sharing tables, to the handmade udon noodles swimming in lipsmacking fish broth soup. Foodie note: Ramen dishes are flavoured with pork broth. A nice respite from the buzzing crowds of Tottenham Court Road station, Ichiryu is almost Zen in comparison. Good news: they also do take-out! We say, if you can’t get to Japan – let Japan come to you.