Some restaurants love to warn about the inevitability of a long wait. At Bang Bang Canteen, we got the clear message that there was no point in waiting as they were so, so busy – and then were seated within two minutes. The queue-factor is more real at the new ramen superstars in St Giles, Ippudo and Kanada-Ya. On one of our visits, we were warned of two-and-a-half-hour wait. We didn’t stick around to find out, of course – what idiot would? But on other occasions we waited for a just a few minutes. And one time – shock horror! – we didn’t have to wait at all. The message is clear: take note of dire queuing forecasts, but don’t always believe them.
By Richard Ehrlich