Living in Kent can be quite difficult if you love Japanese cuisine, not because you can’t find anything but it’s hard to find anything close to an authentic menu/taste. I was craving good sushi and a menu with yakotaki, luckily google exists and I stumbled across Happy Samurai.
Located in Canterbury, Happy Samurai is a family owned restaurant so it was small and cosy with upstairs seating. The restaurant had regular western seating as well as a slightly elevated traditional Japanese seating. We opted for the traditional. There were two separate menus: sushi and food & drink. The main menu covered dishes such as donburi, katsu curry and ramen. We ordered salmon nigiri (the real sushi taste test) and 2 spicy ramen.
The sushi came out fairly quickly and presented in a typical manner; two nigiris per plate with a side of wasabi and soy sauce. The salmon nigiri tasted fresh, creamy and melted in your mouth. It had no fishy aftertaste and wasn’t stringy. Already Happy Samurai had passed the sushi taste test so I was excited to try the ramen!
The ramen came out piping hot and it was perfect for the weather and cold I was suffering from. Initially, you don’t feel the spice but after one spoon of the soup you can feel your throat warming up. The soup wasn’t thick but it was rich in flavour. The ramen itself was firm and chewy, cooked just how I like it. It’s not ideal when ramen is overcooked as it can become very mushy, but this one was cooked right with a little bite. My bowl was garnished with vegetables and the second with chicken. Both versions of the spicy ramen was hearty and filling. It really made our tummies happy.
I’m so excited for Happy Samurai and can’t wait to try more dishes over there. Next time I want to try more sushi, the yakotaki and curry. If you’re looking for some authentic Japanese in Kent, then I would highly recommend you stop by Happy Samurai.
Till my next eat x