Considering my love for both Asian food and Easter as a general holiday – if that’s something I’m allowed to call it – I was very excited to attend a preview of Shoryu Ramen’s Gudetama Easter menu.
What is Gudetama, you ask? Combining the Japanese phrase “gude gude” which essentially means lazy, “tama” translates to “egg” in English. You’ll see this lazy egg shortly, sitting on top of the ramen. This cartoon egg has become one of Japan’s most popular characters. Gudetama also recently joined the Sanrio family, becoming a little friend of the iconic Hello Kitty’s.
We arrived to a cosy little event space on the left side of the restaurant. All diners were set with our Easter-themed placemats, chopsticks and mini eggs placed in-between the tables. Having given up chocolate for lent, I reluctantly ignored these and kept my mind focussed on the main event.
After tucking into a tasty and refreshing mojito, I was pleased to see that the set menu held a selection of choice, as I was under the impression only the signature ramen was available. Veggies – you’re safe!
For starters, I opted for the Chicken Karage bun, out of the other BBQ pork or pumpkin croquette options. Bao buns are possibly one of my favourite items to grace this earth, so when they arrived in all their Easter-yellow glory, I was one happy bunny. Excuse the pun.
The dough was perfectly plump and they really didn’t hold back on the size of the bun. If I’d have had three more of just them for the entire meal, I’d probably be satisfied. Abbie, my +1 and friend, approved of her BBQ pork bun also.
Next up was a classic Japanese ramen for main. Whilst I opted for the Miso Wafu chicken option, other options included the signature Ganso Tonkotsu and a tofu ramen.
The broth was light, fresh and felt like the kind of dish that was doing good for my body. Despite the fact it had tasty crispy breaded chicken in it. I don’t think we even managed half it, as it was super filling – so it’s safe to say you won’t be leaving hungry.
On top of the ramen sat your little Gudetama egg, not without a makeshift face – one which looked like it drowning in broth, pretty much.
For dessert we chose from a traditional mochi, filled with ice cream. The menu claimed the options were yuzu (a fresh citrus flavour, similar to grapefruit or mandarin), matcha or ‘salted caramel chocolate’. I sadly skipped past the last option, again, down to the lent devil on my shoulder. But when they arrived next to me on the other diner’s tables, the flavour definitely contained no chocolate – menu rookie error there, Shoryu. So my fellow chocolate-giver-uppers for lent, go for the salted caramel!
Those little mochi balls are interesting to try and eat with their sticky, rice-based cases. However, they were a perfect ending and cleanse of the palette to an already-full stomach.
It was a first try of Shoryu for me, located on the bottom floor of the Westgate. Whilst I enjoyed the set menu, it’s probably only worth the price to go for dinner if you’re in it for the mojito, too. However, it’s great to have some Easter fun going on, so I’ll give them that. As a child-friendly restaurant, this is probably a good one to bring the kids to. Expect a casual vibe!
The Gudetama set menu is running from 1st – 21st April. It’s priced at £24 per person, which includes a drink, starter, main, dessert, plus a little Shoryu chocolate gift. Shoryu have branches in London and Manchester, too.
We dined as guests of Shoryu.