Both of those old-timers have been joined recently by several more ramen specialists, and with the quality on offer, the influx is welcome indeed. One such restaurant opened last year opposite Leeds University on a row that homes some surprisingly authentic eateries. Noodlesta carries this theme on, serving bargain broths in a slick setting that equally soothe and sizzle. Having expanded from Sheffield to move here, it’s easy to see why, in quality and quantity, this is already becoming a student favourite.
On New Briggate, Sushi Waka does what its name suggests, serving an impressive range of delicate sushi to Leeds revellers. But the swish space also offers a more nourishing option through a bowl of their densely brothed pork bone ramen, with a menu of belly or katsu particularly pleasing.
Great George Street is another food hotspot on the edge of town that now hosts several enjoyable stop-offs. Senbon Sakura has been cooking up excellent Japanese cuisine there for the last three years, and alongside the nation’s more refined plates, it continues to dish up a mighty ramen. Whether you choose from vegetable tempura, chilli chicken, or spicy seafood, you’ll likely leave feeling revitalised.
Expect more ramen slurping still to come in Leeds too. House of Fu have popped up with supper clubs at the likes of Ox Club before and have been planning to open a permanent ramen joint in town. Little Bao Boy are the resident chefs at North Bar, and occasionally host ramen evenings, much like Holy Ramen are doing at Friends of Ham. You hereby have our permission to feed your ramen addiction by checking out all of the above.