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Finally, a ramen joint in London with plenty of seating. Thanks Muga.

I grew up on ramen. It’s the only time it’s okay to eat spam (seriously, spam is delicious with ramen, don’t judge until you’ve tried it). Growing up I called it goon ji mein and have only been told recently I’ve been pronouncing ramen wrong (I say it like Raymond but without the ‘D’).

Any who, the ramen restaurants in London are always packed. I’ve never not seen a queue outside of Kanada-Ya near Tottenham Court Road.

So I was pleased to have stumbled upon Muga Ramen Bar and Restaurant, which had seating on the ground floor and basement. I was only one of two diners at 7pm on a Thursday night, but I don’t expect Muga to be quiet for much longer once the secret gets out about this place.

Muga offer a great pre-theatre deal of starters and a main. I know a good deal when I see one and so I chose the deep fried chicken dumplings. Perfectly deep fried and packed full of flavour, I would have been happy having a dozen more as a main. I’m glad I didn’t.

Deep fried chicken dumpling Muga London

I’ve never had tonkotsu before (stock made from pork marrow bones). Having been disappointed by other noodle based restaurants like Keu! and Pho, my expectations were low.

Tonkotsu Ramen Muga Restaurant London

But wow, that broth! It’s like meat in liquid form. The intense meaty flavour is quite a shock compared to the watered down Vietnamese soups of Keu! and Pho. I love that you get a variety of toppings included too – charshu pork, ajitama (Japanese marinated soft boiled egg), takana (pickled leaf mustard), Kikurage (sliced black fungus), Beni Shouga (pickled red ginger), spring onion and sesame seeds.

The pre-theatre menu also includes a traditional Japanese alcoholic drink (they were more than happy to substitute mine for green tea).

Tea Muga Bar Restaurant London

At this point I was stuffed. The pre-theatre offer is on the right side of feeling full and satisfied, but I was intrigued by the mochi ice cream – soft rice cake stuffed with vanilla ice cream, topped with Kinako (soybean powder) and Kuromitsu (molasses sugar syrup). That description sounds worth crossing the border into food coma territory.

Mochi ice cream Muga Restaurant

Hey dude, where’s my ice cream. Uh oh, have they given me the wrong thing? Awkward.

Muga hadn’t. A wolf in sheep’s clothing, the mochi ice cream is dressed in the soft rice blanket. Better than your average scoop of ice cream, the rice blanket had a doughy texture while the powder added crunch to it so it didn’t feel like chewing gum. And that sugary sweet syrup!

My total bill came to £20 – excellent value. I’m adding Muga to my favourite value for money restaurants in Soho along with Bibigo (review) and Cinnamon Soho (review).

Muga have an open kitchen and I was sat at the bar. It was fascinating watching the chefs prepare and cook the food.

Muga is only a couple minutes walk from Piccadilly Circus underground station. And of course all of the theatres in that district of London. Is it too late to keep Muga my secret?

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Timothy ChowLondon Food ReviewsSohoFinally, a ramen joint in London with plenty of seating. Thanks Muga. I grew up on ramen. It's the only time it's okay to eat spam (seriously, spam is delicious with ramen, don't judge until you've tried it). Growing up I called it goon ji mein and have only been told recently...A travel blog featuring interviews and guest posts about destinations around the world. Why not have your say and write for us?