It is a sponsored article on behalf of Yokocho.
A cover of lanterns glows, traditional J-pop fills the air, and from behind a noren curtain, a steaming scorching bowl of speciality ramen seems…
Welcome to Yokocho, the retro ramen bar that recreates the downtown vibes of Seventies Tokyo right here in London. It is named after the Japanese phrase for ‘alleyway’, and takes inspiration from the slim facet streets full of eating places, dive bars, and izakaya that may be present in each Japanese metropolis.
The brainchild of Japan Centre, the primary Yokochos launched final yr on Mayfair’s Heddon Avenue and on the Ichiba meals corridor in Westfield White Metropolis. Now, Japan Centre is about to unveil a 3rd location at its newly-expanded flagship web site on Panton Avenue, Soho.
Like the opposite two places, Panton Yokocho — which launches on 11 November — presents a fully immersive experience, with all of the sights, sounds, smells and tastes you must whisk you away to Showa period Japan. Suppose neon lights, retro beats, and the perfect regional ramen bowls from all around the nation.
Slurp your means from northern Hokkaido to the southernmost tip of Kyushu with quite a lot of ramen dishes. Select between curly chijire-men and slick straight hosomen noodles swimming in an umami-rich miso; a creamy tonkotsu; or a hearty vegan broth.
You possibly can pair your bowl of noodly goodness with sides like crispy gyoza or fluffy hirata buns, and there is a very good number of sake cocktails to clean all of it down with. Oh, and do your self a favour and take a look at Yokocho’s well-known melon soda — a scrumptious cherry-topped ice cream float.
Because of a buzzing environment and a inventive cocktail listing, Yokocho is the right place to meet up with family and friends. What’s extra, if you happen to select the brand new location in your subsequent get-together, you would save huge.
Dine at Panton Yokocho between Thursday 11 November and Tuesday 16 November and you may get pleasure from 50% off chosen ramen dishes. This unbelievable provide is accessible for each advance bookings and walk-ins.
Whether or not it is a spontaneous pitstop or an important day, Yokocho is a must-visit for foodies and Japanophiles alike. Go to the Yokocho website to seek out out extra about all three of those retro ramen bars — together with the model new Panton Yokocho at Japan Centre — and to e-book your desk.
Heddon Yokocho, 8 Heddon Avenue (Mayfair).
Ichiba Yokocho, Ichiba at Westfield White Metropolis (Shepherd’s Bush).
Panton Yokocho, 35a Panton Avenue (Soho).