Halal Japanese ramen in Birmingham? Thanks YakinoriHALAL STATUS Halal food options (gyozo & white miso NOT Halal) • Alcohol served
Those who enjoy their bowls of ramen will know of how difficult it is to come by Halal versions outside of the capital.
Londoners are certainly fortunate, with places like the impressive Ramo, whose restaurants we reviewed in Soho (rated 5/5) and Camden (rated 4.5/5), as well as Umami (rated 4/5) which recently reopened in Ealing.
So when we heard about Yakinori, who boast one in Birmingham’s Selly Oak, the other in Solihull, as well as one in Bristol, nothing was going to stop us from visiting save the vicissitudes of destiny.
And the one we decided upon was ideally located down the road from the University of Birmingham in Selly Oak, with 20 seats each both indoors and out, and a vibrant open kitchen therein.
Having first launched in 2008, Yakinori offers a varied menu that comprises of noodles, sushi, poke bowls, and of course half-a-dozen ramens.
The selection of seafood in this bowl succeeded in imparting that lightly salted taste-of-the-sea to what was otherwise a miso-based broth (we’ve since been informed that their miso-based stock contains alcohol and is, therefore, no longer Halal), with the mellow hint of ginger heat gently lingering in the background.
And though the prawns were slightly over, and the few slithers of squid almost rubbery in texture, the salmon boasted a crispy grilled top that offered some textural contrast, was thick and juicy on account of having absorbed some of that broth, and had a distinct taste which added an additional flavour-profile.
Add to that the crunchy pak choi, tender chunks of earthy mushroom, sheets of seaweed, and plenty of diced spring onions, and this was a flavourous seafood ramen.RECOMMENDED
This Sirloin Steak was perhaps the pick of the bunch for us, with the strips of beef managing to both retain some satisfying chewiness, as well as remaining relatively tender and succulent despite bathing in a hot broth.
And with soy-stained half-boiled eggs separating this from its seafood counterpart, the broth itself turned out to have some surprising depth of beefiness to it. Soothingly good.
The Chilli Sirloin Steak was essentially the same as the above except that the menu drastically downplayed the level of spicy heat in this fiery version by describing it as “a warming kick of chilli”.
As for the pasta in general, then while being perfectly cooked, and having soaked up the broth to a certain extent, it was decent; but could have been better.
Otherwise, the beef again was beautifully cooked, with the eggs perhaps turning out more runnier than the above.
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Finding a Halal, meat-based, authentic, Japanese version of this iconic dish with freshly made noodles is still the stuff of dreams here in the UK. As such, the next best thing is just being able to find a place.
With that in mind, there may be some truth to the claim that, having found a place which offers a meat-based ramen sans ready-made noodles, we're being easily swayed by sheer excitment alone. But we couldn't care less. Yakinori do some satisfyingly good ramen bowls, even if a tad dear.
While we only went for the ramen for a good reason, and though the jury may be out on whether this is an authentic Japanese version, there's plenty of other things on the menu to warrant a definite visit here.
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