Bone Daddies, Soho, London
I haven’t found much ramen in London that floats my boat, but Bone Daddies remains one of my current favourites. It’s a busy venue, in Soho, and there’s been a bit of a queue on some evenings. I evaded that with a lunchtime visit and ordered the Tonkotsu ramen for £11.
Bone Daddies is not your typical ramen destination. By it’s own description it’s New York inspired and your ramen purist might roll up their eyes by the mere sound of that. Give it a chance though and it’s still a great shade of one of my favourite dishes. Bone Daddies is upfront that it set out to create a contemporary version of Japanese food, for the London market. Five years on and as well as simple noodle dishes they have other stores offering other variants of Japanese cuisine such as izakaya or yōshoku. As the name might tell you, they’re not gunning for traditional or authentic.
There’s also a bit of an odd injection of rock music theme. The store is loud enough with the lunchtime crowds chirping away but I suppose they wanted to make it more edgy.
Fresh notes, flavourful broths and some of the best fried pork belly that I’ve had in this form. The soup does teeter on salty, I could have done with the water I requested but never got. I did get an additional topping of the tofu and this made it enough of a meal.
The twenty hour broth is bright not only in appearance, but in flavour with some punchy savoury seasonings. Some of the richest soups I’ve had and it won’t break the bank. The egg is perfectly done with just a small amount of that orange yolk oozing into that flavourful broth. If they could go a bit easier on the salt this would be a surefire winner.
Update: also tried one of the chicken ramen. But this one gets a considerably lower score. The noodles weren’t fully cooked (stuck together at one seam) and the minced and pulled chicken feels out of place. I did like the broth, this was a seasonal version of their chicken with garlic and chilli. Nice and spicy to warm your tummy.