Glasgow is home to some of the most eclectic eateries and international dishes. So, if you rejoice at the idea of a large bowl of steaming Japanese noodle soup like me, come to Ramen Dayo.
Modeled on the backstreets of Tokyo, the restaurant-bar is in the heart of Queen Street, but a world away from Glasgow, with a street food cart, communal bamboo benches and huts with Japanese characters painted on, and red paper lanterns. The restaurant-bar was created by a born-and-bred Glaswegian who spent 11 years working in Tokyo (and eating ramen daily). After returning to Glasgow in 2014, he decided to create a proper ramen space, which has now become a reference in town.
Dedicated to creating one of Japan’s most popular dishes in Japan, they serve ramen in a rich fish, pork or chicken-based broth, flavoured with toppings like soy sauce or miso and dumplings of your choice. I encourage you to experiment with them, either with the soft-boiled egg (aji-tama), dried seaweed (nori) and spring onions (negi). They are delicious and healthy! I had the Chicken Tantanmen and it was one of the tastiest! There are veggie options too, Japanese salad and edamame beans. There is also a sake bar and Japanese bar snacks. Service is impeccable and staff helping and accommodating.
The place can be busy, so I advise to call and book to avoid disappointment. And good news, Ramen Dayo has a new branch in Ashton Lane since 18th October.