Yamagoya secures permanent Southwark site for ramen and raindrop cake restaurant

By Georgia Bronte

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Yamagoya secures permanent Southwark site for ramen and raindrop cake restaurant

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Yamagoya, the popular Japanese ramen restaurant, is bringing its cult ramen and raindrop cake to London.

The brand’s first permanent UK site will open on The Cut in Southwark this October.

Following a successful Shaftsbury Avenue pop-up, owner Masatoshi Ogata is expanding the menu beyond its signature tonkotsu ramen offerings. The wobbly ‘raindrop cake’ - which is not cake - will be available each day, as well as a wider selection of main dishes, snacks, small plates and food to takeaway.

Diners will have a choice of the signature ‘Yamagoya’ ramen, with handmade noodles in a tonkotsu broth topped with chashu pork belly, marinated bamboo shoot, mushroom, nori and marinated egg; the spicy ‘Tobanjan’ broth;  and the spicy yuzi and chilli ‘Yujuzara’ in a green broth.

Cold ramen dishes will also be available, with a selection of toppings comprising chashu pork; seared chicken; kimchi; nori; and pickled mustard.

Alongside ramen there will be rice dishes, such as ‘Charishi’, a sushi bowl with salmon and avocado, and ‘Mentaiko Gohan’, made with spicy cod roe. Snacks will comprise cold tofu dressed in a fish and spring onion dressing; seaweed and edamame salad; and chicken karaage with yuzu mayonnaise.

A takeaway menu will offer a selection of Japanese sandwiches, with fillings of chicken katsu or chicken chashu, with prices starting at £5.

Dessert options, besides the Instagram-famous raindrop cake – the gelatinous sweet that looks like a blob of water -  will include Japanese flavoured ice creams such as matcha mocha, black sesame mocha and green tea. Imported Japanese drinks comprising pokka melon tea; aloe vera drinks and sparkling yuzu juices will fill the fridges, with wines, beers and sake for guests dining in.

The restaurant will have a simple interior design, featuring Shoji wood panelling, low hanging woven bamboo fittings and natural pine stools and tables, designed as a tribute to Ogata’s original ramen shop in Fukuoka.

The original Yamagoya was founded in 1969 by Ogata in Fukuoka, Japan.

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