Ramen holds a special place in our hearts. Noodles and topping on their own become too dry, liquid broth nothing but a savoury hot drink. However when combined to make Ramen, the result is truly a thing of beauty. Salt, Protein, Umami, Carbs, Greens- Ramen has all you want (apart from Ice Cream) for a soul-nourishing meal. Pho isn’t too far behind as it has been the driving force behind thrusting Vietnamese cuisine into the cultural limelight, spicy, wet and slurpingly good. Here we celebrate the noodle and everything that can be done with it 

Ramen Ya is as close to authentic Tokyo as you're going to find in Bristol. Heavily condensated windows obscure the restaurant's interior from the outside, which on a cold winter's evening is a welcome sight. Stepping inside the restaurant the first thing you see is a big broth-filled soup kettle where the steam emanates from. Paper lanterns adorn the ceilings gifting the shop a delightful glow, which certainly hands itself to the wholesome food they serve. The ramen comes in 3 different forms, tonkotsu, shoyu and spicy seafood, all of which come with an assortment of classic ramen toppings such as Black Fungus, Crispy Shallots, Bean Sprouts and a perfectly Soft Boiled 'Shoyu' egg.

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With recipes forged from the hunger of the Great Leap Forward (1958-1960) and Socialist China, passed down through generations, Dr Weng and Mrs Li are revolutionising the Szechuan scene of the south-west with fresh, local ingredients and a true passion for feeding people. Their mantra ​passed down from his grandmother, remains “never forget those still in hunger”; don’t forget to check them out. A Wriggle favourite.

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If you're looking for delicious, funky Modern Asian dining then call off the search, because we've got the answer. Dangun is the place for you. The brainchild of the team behind the ridiculously popular Tuk Tuck (one of Team Wriggle's absolute favourite places to get lunch, no less), Dangun offers up exciting, vibrant Korean, Thai and Pan-Asian inspired fusion food in the beautiful setting of St Nicholas Street. Perfect for a casual catch up with your loved ones, Dangun's menu is designed to be pick-and-mixed, shared, savoured, and lingered over. There's plenty of choices for meat-eaters, veggies and vegans alike, so everybody can get stuck in. PS: Be sure to check out the wall art – it's pretty cool!

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Standing proudly amongst the magnificently elegant, iconic Park Street is Yakinori – an absolute destination for Japanese food lovers from across the city. Since their opening, Team Wriggle have been massive fans of this family-owned restaurant, serving up the finest in ramen, noodles and other well-loved and Japanese dishes – as well as some exciting, innovative fusion dishes! The decor is fun and funky, with an amazing open kitchen where you can watch the talented chefs work their magic as they prepare your delicious dishes from scratch using fresh, seasonal ingredients, as well as some specially imported authentic produce, too.

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Fiery by name and fiery by nature, Fujiyama serves the teppenyaki trend at full throttle. It says something that Fujiyama’s diners are a mixed bunch from across the world, many who will recommend it based on authentic experiences in Japan. It’s one of the few independents that stand out along Clifton’s Regent Street, and the vibrant shop front and brightly lit interior draws crowds like moths to a candle. Here you can enjoy steaming bowls of authentic ramen, rich broths topped with egg, meat, veg and the sort of cuddle from teh inside only the best soups can achieve. You can also enjoy mountains of fried udon noodles, thick and coated in sauces, these are a fitting side dish to any of the mains on the menu.

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Sen Cafe could be defined as being a little bit like the now legendary Big Bao's little brother, as both venues were born from the same brains. In many ways, though, Sen is more the big brother, since it takes all of the very best bits of Big Bao's offering, and adds in even more tasty options to the menu. If you've been to Big Bao before, you'll be familiar with their delicious Banh Mi baguette sandwiches, packed with fresh and crispy fillings. You may have also tried the tasty jasmine rice boxes with toppings that are simply mouth-watering, and the cracking range of bubble tea options that, let's be honest, we can never say no to. The good news is, there are all these and even more yummy additions to the menu up for grabs at Sen, including steamy bowls of Pho - both meaty and veggie, and new delicious vegan options!

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The food here is almost as grand as the building itself, the interior resembles something out of a James Bond film and the food will leave you positively shaken (with joy) not stirred. The large round tables are great for big celebrations, but they also have those dark corners for a more intimate experience. Their special chow mein is our favourite in town, but we really recommend their beef brisket noodle soup - it's insanely good.

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By far one of the best-kept secrets of Clifton's savviest foodies, Bauhinia effortlessly fuses the finest aspects of Chinese, Malaysian, Thai and Singaporean cuisines, combining elements from both the traditional & street food cultures. Everything at Bauhinia is freshly prepared and cooked, and owner Fong and her team place great importance on sourcing the finest produce from local South Western growers and farmers for their dishes. Fresh fruit and veg arrive daily from Reg the Veg in Clifton Village, whilst fish and seafood come from St Mawes over in Cornwall. If you're after a recommendation, the signature Pad Thai is pretty special, and we also love the Rendang Chicken. Blissful.

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Published -3rd October 2019