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My overall impression of Ryo was not so positive. Inevitably, having lived and eaten ramen in Japan for almost four years, I might have relatively high expectations of what a ramen shop should offer, but Ryo did not come close to meeting them.

First, the notion of ordering and paying upfront for your meal is a little unusual, perhaps, taking into account the rather slovenly appearance of the staff, due to their laziness and their unwillingness to move. In a bar, I could understand such a system, but why not let customers choose their order from the comfort of their seats ?

As regards the menu, I could not understand why for the set menu ( ramen plus fried rice or plus gyoza ) the ramen came in a smaller portion. This smacks of British-style pennypinching. In the end, because I wanted the normal portion of ramen, I ended up paying £3 for fried rice, expensive by any stretch of the imagination.

The ramen itself was not exceptional, and some of the items on the menu were bizarre ( Curry ramen ? Kara age ramen anyone ?). Of course in Japan, you would not find carrots and onions in ramen soup, but this is the UK after all.

The prices ( £5-6) for ramen was expensive for the quality and standard of service, but probably to be expected for Japanese cuisine in London. However, instant ramen is probably a perfectly valid alternative given my experience at Ryo!!

Thursday, June 26, 2008
Overall rating 2 stars
Food 3 | Service 2 | Atmosphere 2 | Value for money 2

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