Now, first off, slight admission. There’s no picture to go with this post because I was too busy eating it. That’s food blog skills 101 surely, take the bloody picture before the munching begins.
Anyway, I didn’t, must try harder. Now to the food…
Working in Bristol city center is both wonderful and terrible when it comes to lunch – there are an unbelievable amount of wonderful lunch options but that can be fairly terrible for your purse (or manly testosterone filled wallet). That’s why I was so tempted on a Friday lunch time to try out the lunch deal at The Slurp Shop – £6.50 for a bowl of either chicken, pork or tofu ramen (10% off for students).
The Slurp Shop is a fairly new addition to the Bristol food scene but is the little sister to the more established Sticks and Broth. Located on Denmark Street, round the back of the Hippodrome, it’s tucked neatly away inside the Wah Yan Hong Chinese supermarket. Just a tip, watch the tiny – but very much there – step as you go into the restaurant. Obviously This Girl is graceful like a swan, but other less fortunate mortals might trip and stumble in an embarrassing fashion before muttering pink faced that they would like their noodles to go please…
The menu is split into ramen, small bites (basically gyoza), or baos ranging from £4-£12. In the name of thrift I ignored the pricier options and went for the weekday lunch special, £6.50 for spicy miso chicken. The staff were very friendly and plainly cooler than me, you couldn’t swing a hipster cat in there without hitting a hipster beard. The decor is similarly cool – exposed lightbulbs, quirky art and a vaguely threatening giant hairy lampshade. It’s definitely got character and I liked it.
My food was prepared quickly but was clearly fresh (nothing worse than tepid ramen) as it was piping hot and bursting with flavour- the chicken was juicy and generously spread through the noodles. The egg was just how I like it with a gently squidgy yolk just begging to be scooped out. A decent sprinkling of chili gave the right amount of kick without being overwhelming – it would be exactly the kind of winter warming dish you would want on a drizzling November day. Pity of course that it’s now March but it was still delicious. The only minor criticism to be found was the level of seasoning -although the flavour was delicious I did need to down a pint of water. Maybe a little lighter on the salt in future Slurp Chaps?
Portion sizes are hearty and This Girl is now off to slump into a noodle induced nap but if you’re looking for a tasty and affordable lunch, The Slurp Shop should be on your list.