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Susuru is a ramen and gyoza bar which serves up delicious Japanese treats for takeaway or dine in. Ramen is a hearty noodle filled soup garnished with various condiments and is a specialty in different parts of Japan. The restaurant is a bright open space, where you can see the chefs at work in the busy clean kitchen.
Traditionally gyoza have one flavour but the team behind Susuru and the sister restaurant, Nagisa, like to experiment with the fillings and have produced teriyaki chicken, wagyu beef and delectable prawn dumplings, as well as sweet versions.
Spicy miso butter ramen with kiss peppers (image JW)
Our group of four shared gyoza and snacked on lotus crisps whilst deciding on our mains. The gyoza were tender and juicy and the lotus chips were perfect with beer and wine. We each tried a different ramen and were pleasantly surprised at the depth of flavour in each dish. The noodles in each ramen had a great texture and flavour and did not get soft or soggy in the hot broth.
The spicy miso butter ramen was not overly spicy and the charred corn and tangy kiss peppers added an extra dimension to the dish. Whereas the katsu curry ramen had a stronger flavoured broth with two large pieces of panko crumbed pork on top, which was quite tricky to eat with chopsticks.
The tonkotsu ramen was full of umami in the rich pork broth and the nori sheets added a salty seafood flavour. We all enjoyed sampling each other's meals but had troubling mastering the 'slurp'. The restaurant was full of happy diners and had a casual relaxed vibe with a low hum of conversation. You order and pay at the counter and the food is brought out by the friendly waitresses. Susuru is licensed offering a small selection of beers, wines and sake at reasonable prices.