In a city where catch-ups are wedged between the post-work, pre-gym hour – it’s hard to find ‘that place’ to eat; no-fuss, quality food that appreciates perfectly scheduled calendars. Yamagoya, a new ramen joint in Southwark, might just be the solution. Expect a short yet inventive menu, from small bites to ramen and rice dishes, brought together with recipes concocted by the founder 48 years ago in Fukuoka, Japan. We recommend the signature Yamagoya Ramen – pork bone broth with pork cash, marinated egg, wood ear fungus, bamboo shoot, nori seaweed and spring onion. One thing we didn’t anticipate was the size of the dishes. They’re big. Which meant we had to sit out on the Raindrop cake; a mysterious desert debuted by Yamagoya in London. For the curious, a quick #rainbowcake search and you can ogle at it’s alluring deep-sea like features. With orders taken at the counter and service quick and to the point, you’re left to get straight to that long-overdue catch-up. So although the no-frills interior won’t be winning design awards any time soon, that’s not the point. You can rest knowing you’ll leave satisfied with great food, great chat, and on time for that 8 o’clock yoga class.