Restaurant: Ippudo, St Giles High St
Time: Thursday lunchtime
Stand-out dish: Crispy Gyoza
I got there for opening, but there were already a few people in there sat down. Slick décor, bordering on the uninviting. There’s a slightly distracting welcoming routine that the staff shout every time somebody new walks in the door – give me Shoryu’s gong any day. Was served quickly, and ordered from the set lunch menu. The iced green tea was refreshing, and the crispy gyoza were excellent. The ramen was disappointing – grey and bland. With Kanada-Ya just across the road, I’d give it a miss.