Specialising in Hakata tonkotsu ramen, from the Hakata district of Fukuoka city on the southern island of Kyushu, Shoryu Ramen is a fantastic collection of restaurants from the team behind Japan Centre.
The brand launched in November 2012 and to date has five London-based sites, including Regent Street, Soho, Carnaby and Shoryu Go on Air Street, with its latest site opening Shoryu Liverpool Street.
The restaurant serves up a delicious selection of dishes and sits alongside a strong collection of restaurants at Broadgate Circle, which include Franco Manca, Aubaine and Yuatcha, amongst others. Shoryu Liverpool Street opened its doors in April – as part of the recently redeveloped Broadgate Circle – and is trading very well, receiving positive feedback from guests.
Interior design work specialists, Blenheim Design were responsible for the design work on Shoryu Liverpool Street. Speaking to Premier Hospitality about the project, Blenheim Design’s Design Director, Maja Myall, said:
“Shoryu is a successful ramen restaurant, with four other venues in the collection and fits perfectly into the profile of the recently refurbished Broadgate Circle. The restaurant features 110-covers and serves up exquisite Japanese cuisine.
“The brief on this project was to create a refined, yet casual version of their well-established ramen brand, however this time with the addition of an open flamed yakitori cooking offering.”
A significant highlight of Shoryu Liverpool Street is the two open-flamed theatre cooking stations – one for yakitori and the other for ramen. The cooking stations provide the restaurant with two distinct areas and demonstrate to customers that the restaurant is very much about theatre-style cooking.
Additional design highlights include a banquette seating area, complete with back-lit rice screens, slate cladded walls and a traditional Hakata-bei wall. The Hakata-bei wall is specific to the southern region of Japan and was incorporated into the restaurant to add an element of authenticity.
“The material palette plays homage to Japan through the use of Shikkui plaster, bamboo, stone, ropes, illuminated rice, a Japanese drum, paper lanterns and ema plaques – small wooden plaques on which Shinto worshippers write their prayers.”
Blenheim Design has a longstanding working relationship with the team at Shoryu having previously worked on a couple of the brand’s other venues, so were the ideal choice for creating a restaurant in such a prominent location.
“We were approached by the team at Shoryu because they saw some of the work that we had previously delivered and they liked it. Since working on our first restaurant with Shoryu, we have developed a good relationship with the team – they are lovely people and we look forward to working with them on future projects.”
“Our mission is to build long-term relationships with our clients and we always strive to over deliver on their expectations and have a little bit of fun along the way. This is exactly what we did with this project.”
Shoryu Liverpool Street is open Monday to Friday 11:30am until 11pm; Saturday 12pm until 10pm; and Sunday & Bank Holidays 12pm until 6pm. A takeaway option is also available.
For more information about Shoryu please visit: www.shoryuramen.com.