Where to eat in London... dinner at Kanada Ya, Panton Street
|Kanada Ya Panton Street|
Greeted by the friendly Japanese waitress (see, authentic!), we were shown to our table in the relaxed and casual restaurant. Busy enough for there to be a great atmosphere and buzz, but not so busy that we couldn't hear one another talk, it was a pleasurably - albeit unusually for Picadilly on a Friday night- laid back.
|Quirky and casual|
|Plum Onigiri.... perhaps we should have ordered the single!|
With seven different ramen options on offer, we both went for the Chicken Paitan, which involved a corn fed chicken broth combined with a 'secret sauce', filled with noodles, topped with shredded leek and chashu pork collar. I have to admit, I was initially a little disappointed that none of the options, even the CHICKEN Paitan, came served with poultry as opposed to pork, as I can generally find pork to a bit tasteless.
|Dinner for 2|
|It's time for the close up.....|
In addition to the various ramen options, what I particularly like is that you are given options as to your noodle softness - extra hard, hard, regular, or soft. As I love my pasta/noodles/rice(/whatever it is!) aldente, I went for their recommendation of 'hard', which had just the right texture to give a bit of bite - there's nothing worse than mushy noodles! (Wagamama, take note!)
|Table garnishes - add to your taste|
Finally, to finish came desert - a matcha soft serve ice cream sprinkled with chocolate chips.
|Matcha Soft Serve|
Not only was the food fantastic and service absolutely outstanding, but Kanada Ya is also excellent value for money. With ramen bowls beginning at £10.50, for such generous portion sizes and genuine Japanese authenticity, this is one you must try out!
|Now you know why I'm smiling so much!|