Tuesday, November 25, 2014

WINNIE EATS: KANADA-YA

KANADA YA SIGNKANADA YA RAMENIt seems that there is a huge noodle explosion in London recently and I managed to try Kanada-Ya with fellow food buddy Kristabel. Here, I got to indulge in some of my favourite things - noodles and taking photos of food! Located a stones throw from Tottenham Court Road, it is located directly opposite massive Japanese noodle chain Ippudo (which I am yet to try). Both are Japanese ramen chains but the difference between the two restaurants in London is quite obvious, while Ippudo opts for a restaurant-bar like atmosphere, Kanada-Ya is small and relies on communal seating. Both restaurants require queuing but since Kanada-Ya is so tiny, we waited about 45 mins for our noodles!
KANADA YA UTENSILS
Was the wait worth it? I would say so. As a Chinese kid, if you're not eating rice then you're eating noodles! So I've always been wary about paying so much for a bowl of noodles when it's such a cheap dish to make. While people in Asia might laugh at the £10 per bowl pricing (which is pretty steep when you compare to a similar bowl of ramen in HK) it's not really that terrible for UK prices - I for one, can't make that delicious rich tonkotsu broth at home.
KANADA YA LANTERNS
KANADA YA RAMEN GROUP
The menu is simple with just a few noodle options, onigiri and some drinks. I like that you can choose the hardness of the noodles (I went for hard) and that they served genmai cha green tea (roasted brown rice) which is one of my favourites. I had the original ramen with Hanjuku egg - no ramen dish is complete without these soft boiled eggs in my opinion! The broth was super rich, slightly fatty and not too salty which I find with some broths. The Onigiri were quite big and so perfectly uniform that I'm sure that they used moulds rather than being hand-moulded. We opted for the regular salmon ones and they were pretty moreish and reminded me just how good this snack food is! One day I will go to Japan and raid the konbini's for their excellent selection of Onigiri. In all, it was a really great meal and in a cosy environment - just be warned that it has two opening times (the lunch sitting closes at 3pm and reopens at 5pm) and definitely be prepared to wait in the cold outside. With the weather feeling so icy at the moment, this is definitely my idea of a perfect Winter warmer!
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19 comments

  1. This looks so beautiful, you're great at taking pictures and I totally love your blog design.

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  2. it looks like a lovely place, another one I'm adding to my list via your blog.

    Buckets & Spades

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  3. Why am I reading this at lunch!!! I want to go!

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  4. Oh this looks delicious, adding it to the wishlist!


    Maria xxx

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  5. This looks so yummy! Another one to add to the list of places I need to check out! - Tasha xxx

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  6. This looks so good and such lovely pictures! I haven't had ramen in London yet so I really need to remedy that! x

    Jasmin Charlotte | UK Lifestyle Blog

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  7. what great pictures :)



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  8. Aw thanks so much Meg! Taking photos of food is definitely one of my faves x

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  9. You should definitely visit - I'm planning on checking out Ippudo opposite next as it has such a different vibe!

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  10. It really was! Exactly what we needed that day and I could definitely polish off a bowlful right now too...

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  11. Yes definitely do! Hopefully whenever you go, you won't be waiting as long as us!

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  12. Thank you! Yes Ramen is everywhere in London and I'd definitely check out this one if you ever have the chance x

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  13. This looks very delicious!

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  14. 45 minute wait? Oh gosh! Ramen places in London have such a weird vibe - it's probably just me that thinks that though?

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  15. It's a helluva long time to wait for food, I can't lie but it was worth it in the end. Yeah Ramen places are definitely not as 'relaxed' as the ones I've visited in Asia but I suppose that's because of their insane popularity at the moment (and the super long queues!!)

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  16. I am so pleased that it was worth the wait. Yes I agree. Ramen places here seem to be a place where you can sit around for ages yet in Japan we eat and go quite fast because no one wants overdone noodles and well, because it's just the way it is :) I remember ordering a kaedama at one ramen bar in London and it took 15-20 mins to come - who wants cold broth :(

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