I once whinged that Manchester was seriously lacking in the brunch department, even more so in the bottomless brunch department. Who doesn’t love spending a Sunday lunch time sipping on prosecco and slowly working through many plates of delicious brunch inspired dishes? Luckily for me, and you, there are more options than ever and Shoryu are the latest to add theirs into the mix.
Shoryu is my favourite place in the city for ramen, I swear I crave the stuff on a regular basis and no where else fixes that urge like Shoryu. You can now fill your boots with bottomless ramen in a brunch of brunches, all for £38.
Instead of being buffet style like many other unlimited options, you are invited to choose a starter, 4 sides each, unlimited ramen, and ice cream to finish. Once you have made your decision, you can sit back and enjoy unlimited sparkling or house wine, plum wine with soda, green tea or calpico, as the food floods to your table.
There is no change to the amazing quality you can normally expect and the Bao Buns are still the best I have ever tasted. Light and pillowy buns with soft pork in the centre. The Halloumi and Mushroom version is also available on the brunch, as well as their delightful Edamame which is always so moreish with a good helping of salt.
The sides fill the table so you are best eating them as they come out of the kitchen. The Chicken Karaage were my favourite with their crunchy coating, and the Prawn Tempura was equally good tasting really fresh with soft prawn in the centre. I wouldn’t normally choose the Black Sesame Tofu but it was lovely to have the option on the brunch. It quivers on the plate and has a real savoury taste. The Takoyaki is deep fried octopus balls which are surprisingly light and juicy. The bonito flakes dance on the plate as if they are alive and the Japanese mayo is rich and creamy so perfect for dipping. The Gyoza have a fragrant yet light filling with a lightly fried coating giving a touch of crunch.
Are you still with me? If so, you’ve made it to the unlimited ramen and there are a few to choose from. I love that, even though this is unlimited ramen, you can still order to your liking and you’ll see above my friend has literally no vegetables in his! The 12 hour pork broth is rich, comforting and hearty with egg, char siu barbecue pork belly, spring onion, sesame, ginger and nori seaweed. I had the regular ramen with my friend choosing the Green Curry Ramen with added Chicken Karaage and prawns. It was a nice change with a spicy broth, similar to a Thai curry, and those delicious crunchy chicken pieces floating within.
We couldn’t manage the ice cream and we were at our 90 minute time limit as we finished our first bowl of ramen. We were stuffed to the brim, but to get through all courses you will have to eat FAST. I didn’t see anyone being given the brunch menu on arrival so make sure you ask for it, you won’t want to miss this feast.
The bottomless brunch is available on Sundays only from 12pm onwards.
We were invited to dine as guests of Shoryu and weren’t asked to pay for our meal.