It’s National Vegetarian Week! To make the most of this, I went to try the veggie set menu at Shoryu in Covent Garden. The set menu was designed specifically for National Vegetarian Week and would make a popular permanent feature. The set menu is £21 and a great way to try a selection of Shoryu’s veggie options. Be prepared – it’s a lot of food so you definitely won’t be leaving the restaurant hungry!
Shoryu Ramen specialises in Hakata tonkotsu ramen from the Hakata district of Fukuoka city on the southern island of Kyushu, Japan. The popular dish usually consists of thick, rich, white pork soup and thin, straight ramen noodles. I rarely eat ramen dishes because they aren’t usually veggie friendly with their main ingredients being meat based, particularly the broth. From my experiences of trying ramen a couple of times before, I’ve never been blown away and found it lacked the spice I crave in Asian food so I was a little hesitant to try Shoryu’s ramen.
The set menu includes:
- Detox mocktail
- Bun – halloumi and mushroom or pumpkin
- Ramen – two options
- Starter – edamame or spicy cucumber
The matcha mocktail was a delightful treat on a hot day and you can tell it was made with the freshest ingredients. I had no idea what to expect from the cucumber starter, but it was a surprisingly refreshing start to the meal with the main flavour being the sprinkle of spicy salt – an easy way to get your 1 of your 5 a day in!
The star of the meal for me was the limited edition pumpkin bun. This is only available on the set menu during veggie week but I really hope it’s made a permanent resident on Shoryu’s menu because I can imagine it will be veryyy popular. The panko coated pumpkin croquette was perfectly crispy and sweet, and the spicy chilli sauce made it a party of flavours. The pumpkin bun can be vegan without the mayo.
I was pleasantly surprised by the ramen (I opted for the Spicy Vegetarian one). The large bowl includes tofu, seaweed, spicy miso sauce, noodles, tender broccoli and garlic mayu. The broth was more flavourful and spicier than other ramens I’ve tried. There was a lot of ginger and spring onions which I’m not a huge fan of but it’s easy to scoop out anything you’re not feeling in your bowl. I left feeling glad that Shoryu has changed my perception of ramen and I’m looking forward to coming back soon, especially for the pumpkin bun!