If you’ve been following the blog, you’ll know the deal: until we find the perfect site for our – London’s first – ramen restaurant, we are offering a different variety of our very own ramen soup at lunchtime events (plus, by popular demand, a couple of repeats!) at Tsuru Bishopsgate, details of which can be found on our events page. For each occasion, a pigs’ trotter and chicken stock is lovingly simmered and skimmed for 15 hours and used as the basis for a unique Tsuru ramen dish. Last Saturday we served a hot Tokyo Spicy ramen soup with shredded pork and our home-made chilli oil that was filled with flavour and rather cheeky level of heat. Alongside were freshly hand-made gyoza or a cucumber and wakame salad. Oh, and barrels of honjozo sake from our friend Wakana Omija at Akashi Tai.
Many thanks to all who came along and appeared to have a lip-smackingly good time. Your feedback points overwhelmingly to the Tsuru Tokyo Spicy having been our best ramen so far, so it’s very likely it will be making it on to our restaurant menu. The event was also our most drunken so far, thanks to Wakana’s sake. Having arrived at 3pm, some guests had such a good time they didn’t leave until 10pm. That’s a long lunch.
By our next event on 21st January – sold out… again!! – at which we’re serving up a buttery Hokkaido ramen, we’ll have been to Tokyo on our 5-day ramen research trip, where we’ll be hitting 6 ramen joints and picking up tips from the pros. We’ll post the pics here when we’re back, so keep your eyes peeled!
Our next two ramen events – Hokkaido and Tonkotsu 2 – have both sold out, however there are a few tickets left for our Seafood event (18th February) and Tokyo Spicy 2 (March 3rd). Don’t forget if you make it to three of our events we’ll invite you to our restaurant launch – we know several folk who’ve made it that far already!
Thanks to Jason Bailey for the snaps.