It's in our bones

From the team behind Japan Centre, Shoryu Ramen delivers top notch ramen, moreish street food side dishes and exciting sake cocktails.

”100% would recommend…one of the best joints for ramen.”


“Next-level ramen”

Time Out

”A refined, stylish take on ramen”

Evening Standard

What makes the perfect ramen?

What makes the perfect ramen?



Shoryu Ramen specialises in Hakata tonkotsu ramen from the Hakata district of Fukuoka city on the southern island of Kyushu, Japan. Hakata tonkotsu ramen is a style of ramen made with a thick, rich, white pork soup and thin, straight ramen noodles. Our Hakata tonkotsu ramen recipe has been specially created by our Executive Chef Kanji Furukawa who was born and raised in Hakata, to provide the UK with highly crafted, genuine tonkotsu rarely found outside Japan. Shoryu's owner Tak Tokumine is also a native of Fukuoka city and along with Kanji is dedicated to championing his hometown’s local speciality.

Lower Nakagawa River Lower Nakagawa River

Lower Nakagawa River

The Nakasu district is the biggest entertainment hub in Kyushu. Full of izakaya, bars and karaoke it's the place to party!

Hakata Bei Wall

Hakata Bei Wall

These historical walls are dotted around the city, created from combining rocks and roof tiles that were left scattered on battlefields in time gone by. They are unique to the city that’s why we have one in each of our restaurants to show our close ties to Hakata.

Street food stalls

Street food stalls

Arguably the best street food in all of Japan, Hakata serves up some of the best ramen in Japan, night after night.

Japanese Train

Japanese Trains

The trains in Japan are very punctual, if a train arrives even one minute later than scheduled, Japanese railway companies announce their apologies over the PA.

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Hakata Gion

This festival has been held in Fukuoka City for over 700 years with the highlight being a race of festival floats through the streets of Hakata. The whole city comes alive and is one of the most famous festivals in Japan.

The Team

Our ramen bosses hail from the energised 24 hour city of Hakata, Fukuoka which also happens to be the birthplace of the tonkotsu ramen we all know and love. Being brought up on the stuff, these masters know the ins and outs of what makes a good and tasty bowl.

Tak Tokumine

Tak Tokumine ‘Ramen Shogun’

Shoryu Ramen and Japan Centre CEO

Hakata native turned Londoner, Tak conceived London's most loved Japanese food hall, Japan Centre in 1976 after settling in the UK. Fast forward to 2012, he saw London's appetite for Japanese food was becoming more sophisticated and there was an opening for a Hakata style ramen bar. This inspiration helped revolutionise the Japanese offering in London's dining scene. Tak's determination and love for his hometown's speciality has helped Shoryu flourish into the ramen powerhouse it is today.

"I am proud of my hometown's tonkotsu ramen and passionate about our traditional cooking, so naturally I am very excited to bring it from Hakata to the good people of the UK."

Kanji Furukawa

Kanji Furukawa 'Ramen Boss'

Executive Chef

Executive Chef Kanji is Shoryu’s Ramen Boss and tonkotsu alchemist, turning bones into rich, silky broth like only a master can. Kanji was head hunted by Tak himself for his expertise and passion for washoku dining. Being a Hakata native and growing up on ramen, Kanji has a finely tuned palate for tonkotsu, honing Shoryu's recipe over months until it was perfect.

Maria Vittoria Vecchione

Maria Vittoria Vecchione

Area Bar Manager

Maria Vittoria Vecchione is the Area Bar Manager for Shoryu Ramen and has a wealth of sake experience.

She is instrumental in putting together the drinks and cocktails list at all of the restaurants and has created over 50 sake inspired cocktails each a fusion of traditional Japanese flavours and ingredients with modern twists.

Maria also holds regular sake workshops to help educate Londoners about what sake is and how to drink it. Look out for them on our social media pages. Kampai!