Kanada-Ya Japanese Restaurant Review by Japanese

Tonkotsu Ramen Kanada-Ya

Rating: 3 out of 3 stars (I’ve gone back several times)

Kanada-Ya is famous tonkotsu ramen restaurant in Japan

Mr. Kanada, who was once a professional bicycle racer, is the founder of Kanada-Ya. He first opened his ramen restaurant in Fukuoka, Japan. Fukuoka is located in southern part of Japan and is known to have many great tonkotsu ramen restaurants. Among these tonkotsu restaurants, Kanada-Ya stood out and became very well-known; Kanada-Ya gradually became one of the best tonkotsu ramen restaurant in Japan.

Kanada-Ya opened its restaurant in London in 2014. I have not been able to visit Kanada-Ya in Japan, but I believe that Kanada-ya in London kept Japan quality in terms of taste and service. I often go to Kanada-Ya to eat ramen.

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Bubble Tonkotsu Ramen

One of the characteristic of Kanada-Ya’s ramen is that its soup has bubbles. Tonkotsu ramen with bubbles is rare in Japan, so I first doubted if these bubbles were meant be there…but it was. Tonkotsu soup in Japan is usually thik and oily (and sometimes bit smelly because of pork), but Kanada-Ya’s soup is light but has deep taste. I wonder how Mr. Kanada has found this great balance!

Tonkotsu Ramen Kanada-yaTonkotsu 10.50 GBP

You can choose the hardness of noodles, which is typical custom in ramen restaurants in Japan.
Chashu (pork topping) is very tender. Wood ear fungus (you may not have eaten or seen before, but it is very common topping for tonkontsu ramen in Japan) matches well with Kanada-Ya’s soup. Seaweed and spring onion are also common toppings in Japan and matches well.
Noodle, soup, toppings… everything is well-balanced and tastes perfect!

You can also choose to have extra toppings. I recommend to order hanjuku egg, which is soft-boiled burford brown egg cured in chashu soup.

On the table, there are several free toppings that you can use to change taste as you eat ramen. Red ginger, takana (pickled mustard leaf), and sesame with grinders… all of these are common in tonkotsu ramen restaurants in Japan. I feel authentic Japanese atmosphere from these toppings, too.
Red ginger and takana Kanada-YaTakana (on the right) is pretty spicy, so be careful!


Chashu-Men is full of chashu!

Chashu-Men Kanada-YaCHASHU-MEN 13.00GBP

What a instagrammable ramen with full of chashu! If you love chashu and are hungry, this is the one to order.


Truffle Ramen: a luxurious ramen only served in London branches

Truffle Ramen Kanada-YaTruffle 14.00GBP

Truffle ramen is a luxurious ramen with full flavor of truffle that you can feel from the moment it is served on the table. Porcini truffle paste in the middle and truffle oil create this flavor. I never thought that truffle flavor matches this well with tonkotsu ramen!

All ramen is very-well balanced and authentic Japan quality. I like the friendly service in Kanada-Ya, too. I feel Japanese atmosphere from every detail of Kanada-Ya, and I love this place.

You cannot make reservations, and there are usually long waiting line, but if you go 10 minutes before opening time, you won’t wait much.


Basic Information (as of 23 Oct, 2018)

There are three Kanada-Ya branches in London.

Covent Garden

Name Kanada-Ya Covent Garden
Address 64 St Giles High Street, London, WC2H 8LE
Telephone +44 (0)20 7240 0232
Webpage https://www.kanada-ya.com/coventgarden


Name Kanada-Ya Haymarket
Address 3 Panton Street, Soho, London, SW1Y 4DL
Telephone +44 (0)20 7930 3511
Webpage https://www.kanada-ya.com/piccadilly


Name Kanada-Ya Angel
Address 35 Upper Street, London, N1 0PN
Telephone +44 (0)20 7288 2787
Webpage https://www.kanada-ya.com/angel