RAMEN FANS will be V E R Y happy to hear one of Manchester’s much loved Japanese restaurants has just launched some brand new summer dishes and tasty cocktails.
Shoryu Ramen, in Manchester Piccadilly Gardens, is offering some delicious new delights to try over the summer (I know sun is non-existent right now but work with me on this one) and we went down to have a cheeky taste.
If you’re on the ‘gram and live for an occasional story, you’ll love one of Shoryu’s newest cocktails, the Akarui Dragon. First of all it’s bright pink – what more do you need to know? Maybe that it also tastes fruity, refreshing and not too sweet.
S T A R T E R S. I will say before I give you my honest opinion that Japanese cuisine, specifically steamed buns, rank up there with some of my favourite food. So naturally we ordered a couple of their Halloumi Buns, served with grilled avocado, hirata sauce and Japanese mayo. Y E S. SO GOOD.
Shoryu also has a great deal on a Monday where you get buy-one-get-one-free buns when you buy any ramen. Everyone loves a good BOGOF bun.
Also on the new summer menu, Spicy (or non-spicy, depending on your preference) Takoyaki, or deep fried diced octopus balls. Try saying that three times drunk.
The Octo balls are served with bonito flakes and aonori with Japanese spicy mayo, and are one of our favourite dishes on the menu. Great for sharing as a starter, paired with a couple of buns. You won’t regret it.
M A I N S. Who could go wrong with Katsu curry? Whether you’re veggie or a meat eater, Shoryu’s Katsu options are mouth-watering – like my mouth is literally watering as I write this – and come in gigantic portions sizes which will make you want to take what you don’t eat, home.
Their vegetarian alternative is the Pumpkin Croquette Curry, which is light and full of flavour, served with a mixed salad and Japanese pickles. I don’t throw this out there a lot but I would go back to Shoryu just for that dish.
Or if you’re looking for a summer alternative, Shoryu’s brand new Chicken Katsu Chilled Ramen is served with chilled noodles, warm panko breaded chicken breast, mixed salad, tomato, cucumber, and sesame sauce. Perfect for battling the extremely HOT temperatures we’re facing in Manchester this summer. (Sarcasm).
If you’re looking for somewhere that serves authentically tasty Japanese cuisine in the city centre, then Shoryu Ramen is your place. Perfect for date night or somewhere casual to meet up with your mates.
New cocktails on the menu this season include:
Kyuritini – refreshing Japanese style Martini cocktail. Shochu and Jinzu gin are mixed together with fresh cucumber and mint
Shiso No Natsu – a cocktail that combines the citrusy notes of fresh orange and lemon with the herbal touch of the shiso leaf, all mixed with sake, Roku gin and dry vermouth
Akarui Dragon – delicate floral notes of elderflower St Germain are mixed with Roku gin and fresh dragon fruit
Sawa Grapefruit – Roku gin, Aperol, handmade vanilla syrup and fresh pink grapefruit juice and egg white
Enjoy H A P P Y H O U R at Shoryu and pair your ramen with an expertly crafted cocktail – buy two cocktails and the cheapest one is free! Available Monday – Sunday between 5 – 8pm.