Craft beer and authentic Japanese ramen coming to Elephant Park

Craft beer and authentic Japanese ramen coming to Elephant Park

Two more independent food and drink businesses have announced plans to move into Sayer Street, in Elephant Park, in the coming months.

Craft beer bar and bottleshop The Tap In, and authentic Japanese noodle restaurant KOI Ramen Bar, are both set to take up residence at Elephant Park later this year.

The Tap In began life within Artworks Elephant, an underused space at Elephant Park, in which developers Lendlease saw an opportunity to create a temporary, community-led hub using shipping containers, which allowed small businesses to flourish.

KOI Ramen Bar has been serving high-quality Japanese ramen since 2014 when it started out as a street stall in Brixton. In 2015 it moved into PopBrixton, a group of former shipping containers, which were transformed into a hub for independent businesses. Two years later KOI Ramen Bar expanded further to bring the taste of ramen to Tooting Market.

The growing, independent businesses are now moving into Sayer Street, the new food, drink and shopping space at Elephant Park, which is set to open fully later this year.

Craft beer and bottleshop, The Tap In

The Tap In is a new concept from the founders of Six Yard Box and Hop Art – which was developed in Artworks Elephant – and underlines the founders’ strong passion for craft beer.

The ‘new home’ for craft beer in Southwark will be a place for people to enjoy some of the best and freshest craft beers in the area, try the latest delights from ‘Cuban sandwich maestros’ Jama Havana (The Tap In’s resident food pop-up), or take part in quizzes – the perfect place to catch up with friends.

Sebastian O’Driscoll, co-founder of The Tap In, said: “We are so excited to combine our two previous concepts to create The Tap In and open a new site in Elephant Park. The Artworks provided the perfect platform for us to trial Six Yard Box and then launch Hop Art to develop our brand.

“For me and my two partners, Eoin and Harry, Elephant and Castle is home, and we are grateful that Elephant Park recognised how important being part of this local community is for our growing brand.”

London’s authentic Japanese noodle restaurant, KOI Ramen Bar

Regarded as ‘outstanding’ by The Times restaurant critic Giles Coren, and described as serving ‘ramen as it should be’ by TimeOut London, KOI Ramen has certainly made an impact on the London food scene in just a short time.

Customers, the restaurant claims, will find a small menu that is big on flavour. KOI Ramen Bar’s signature dish – ‘Tonkotsu’ – is a creamy, pork broth, simmered for 16 hours and served over noodle. Its ‘Gyoza’ (pork, chicken or vegetarian dumplings) dish is also increasing in popularity among diners.

The team at KOI Ramen Bar, led by founders Ming Chan and Hiroko Takata, are looking forward to expanding their business further and bringing the taste of Japan to Elephant Park.

Ming said: “We started in Brixton and Elephant and Castle is close by; I believe it’s a growing area with huge potential. It’s very central with great access.

“We’re a specialist, niche Japanese ramen bar and it’s my dream to offer great ramen at great prices.”

The latest news follows that of Dima Beautiful – another start-up business that grew in Artworks – which announced a move into Sayer Street in January, and sustainable food market Mercato Metropolitano’s plans to launch MM Factory, a retail, dining and social space, set to open later this year.

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