Monday, 16 October 2017

Okan Ramen and Soba おかん - London Coldharbour Lane

Still craving for more ramen...

One evening after talking to Miss Pinky about tonkotsu ramen, so I ended up looking for local Japanese restaurants with ok reviews. I was also watching Ramen Daisuki Koizumi-san, a Japanese drama about a school girl who loves ramen. I think I shouldn't have watched it! Lol!!!! ^_^

... In the end I came here...

Okan Ramen and Soba おかん opened last year in April 2016. It's not far from where I work and it's about a 20 to 30 minute walk away or a 10 minute bus ride. Wow. So close, and I've never been?! Walking to Brixton is actually really, really close... Had I known (as the bus swerves in and out of the roads) I would have walked to Brixton to eat after work! ^_^ It might happen more often...

Forgot to check the opening times for this place, and so I ended up being 40 minutes. That's when I decided to walk around a bit. Walked around Brixton Village, then went back the other way in some heavy rain and did my food shopping in Tesco... The walk back was about 10 minutes, but carefully walked back as it was still raining... It was 6 o'clock when I got there. It wasn't opened yet, but the door was opened!! So I went in and made some sort of polite noise... First customer of the evening!

Their website doesn't show their full menu, so I took a picture of it, unfortunately it didn't come out clearly here...

It's a very cute restaurant. Reminds me of those ramen bars in those Japanese dramas, but it might be more pleasant if they remove those plates from the counter top... 

When the guys started cooking my orders, I could smell an aroma like garlic and ginger just lifting my moods and opening my appetite... I was ready to eat!!

I resisted a lot to order two starters, but I just couldn't help myself! This is fried aubergine. Yum, yum, had the right sort of seasoning... not overly cooked and not too oily... Could have more of this!

Came with a mustard dipping sauce...

And this was my second starter... I like Japanese fried chicken... This was really hot when it came out... Tried to resist eating it all in one go before the ramen came out...

And finally my tonkotsu ramen came out! It already came with the sesame seeds inside and other toppings. Unlike some other Japanese restaurants where you can add your own bits and pieces in you can't seem to this here in Okan...

So what about the soup? It was nice and creamy, not too salty and not too bland. The noodles were nice and thick, not the typical thin sort of ramen you would see in the Central London restaurants. It came with only one piece of chashu which was a little disappointing but I guess the soup does make up for it.



I wanted another helping of ramen, so I asked for another portion (couldn't help myself, just watching that Ramen Girl drama drove me to do this!)... It was nice and warm, and when I added it into the soup, the soup felt like it was all warmed up again. ^_^

The soup felt it was never ending, but I drank the lot...

Finished!

Total cost came to £27.55 which includes a £3.05 service charge. I ordered no drinks but had their water. If I had ordered any drinks, I think I would have bursted at the stomach. ^_^

Ramen craving over for now! Well more like tonkotsu ramen craving over. ^_^ Will definitely come again!

My geeky rating: 4.9/5 (more chashu in the ramen please!)

Good points:
- The soup is good and will satisfy people's stomachs
- Love the starters
- Polite service

Bad points:
- A tiny bit expensive (but worth it)
- Should add a bit more chashu in the ramen!! A bit stingy with it...

Address: 338 Coldharbour Ln, Brixton, London SW9 8QH
(Please be aware of opening times during the weekdays 6-10pm and longer hours on the weekend)
Tel: 020 3441 1084


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