Soup And Skewers
While the majority of Japanese restaurants tend to specialize in just one of their homeland’s signature dishes, a new temple to the Land of the Rising Sun has opened its doors in Soho, offering steaming bowls of ramen during the day and grilled yakitori come sundown.
Monikered Torimen (a combination of yakitori and ramen) and hailing from the team behind oyster and steakhouse Edo & Bibo, it boasts an open kitchen and monochromatic design running from the black and white tiled floor to the anime wall mural, with just a few splashes of colour from the bright red chairs.
By day, the signature MSG-free ramen is crafted with seven types of miso, with standout options including the signature spicy or non-spicy ebi (shrimp) miso bowl, though there’s also soy-based broth or the harder-to-find Hokkaido corn and butter variety, all topped with succulent roasted pork and available in half-portions during dinner. By night, the stars of the evening menu are the kushiyaki (grilled skewers) like ox tongue with wholegrain mustard, chicken tsukune (minced with cheese) and squid with yuzu wasabi. Indulge in sides like onsen tamago (egg) salad with black truffles and baked oysters in nori risotto, before ending the meal with a glass of premium Scotch and whiskey from Japan or Taiwan. Kanpai!