Supa Ya Ramen goes from pop-up to permanent was one of the noodle world’s big good news in 2021.
Supa Ya’s has just celebrated their third birthday as a business, but their Dalston restaurant is still fresh and just over the six month limit when we visit.
It started life as a series of dinner clubs in the home of former Nopi chef Luke Findlay in Hackney in 2019. Over the next three years he saw it switch up a few times – stays, pop-ups, a false start with a brick and mortar his own restaurant in early 2020, and a constantly sold-out ramen-kit-at-home deal that brightens people’s lockdowns. Now he’s making his ‘traditionally fake’ ramen from a small bar on Kingsland Road with a short, eternally enticing menu and an almost constant queue.
Keep an eye out for their semi-regular collaborations and guest chef dates, most recently including the ever-amazing Mystic Börek.
What is the mood?
Small, shoulder-to-shoulder noodle bar. A small, half-open kitchen at the back. Loud, smells good, relatively spartan, usually every seat taken. It is not a lengthy dinner place, but there is no sense of bustle from the staff when we order another round of food.
What’s on the menu?
Ramen, for the most part, with a regularly changing set of deals if you want an excuse to keep going back. The Reuben ramen – a menu lineup – would be the one to fight: salty beef and pickles, chicken broth, soy, smoked bacon oil, silky sliced meat, a sticky egg and enough chili to go back to it was a very non-spring-yet night feels almost welcome.
There are a handful of starters – whipped tofu and chili honey, house picks (sounds basic, but is actually phenomenal) and a small but lovely selection of canned craft beer.
Feels decent for what you get. £ 15 for a bowl of ramen – decent size, solid, rich enough that you would not say no to a nap after. And essentially enough as a solo act that we probably did not have to go into the second order round, but we do not regret it. Beer is about a fiver a can.
No reservations so you will have to try your luck. Table turnover is relatively fast, but it is also a pocket-sized bar – we expect 20 covers – so if the queue is more than ten people deep, you can join the long haul. However, they are on the WalkUp app now, so you can almost stand in line from a nearby pub.
Pre-game and post-game?
You’re on the edge of Dalston, so could not be better off for both. Personally, we would consider Supa Ya pre-game because all good Dalston nights start with a firm belly lining and then up Kingsland Road to Dalston Superstore, Red Hand, Servant Jazz Quarters or any number of cocktail or craft beers. options. If you get past the 1:00 line, finish at The Jago (3.30 on the weekend), Pamela (2.30 on the weekend) or Village 512 (a glorious 6:00 on the weekend).
Supa Ya Ramen, Dalston.
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