I’m a mad woman on a mission lately trying to make up for lost times. Evidently 2012 saw a surge of ramen noodle bars propping up in London and I was completely unaware. So what is a self-proclaimed noodlehead to do but patiently make amends by attempting to visit all the ramen this city has to offer. I’ll continue to make the rounds in the upcoming weeks but have managed to cross Bone Daddies & Tonkotsu off my 1st round list (yes, of course there will be multiple visits!).
Bones Daddies in SoHo was my first stop. It’s a bit edgy for a noodle house, both in decor and in the tunes that were pumping out of their sound system for a Saturday lunch crowd. It could be a little too westernized of a place for some but I found it interesting. A really nice touch is their supply of elastics for those patrons with long manes. It is the little things my friends.
I’m a sucker for soft shell crab so couldn’t resist ordering it for my 1st course. Perfectly salted, crunchy and accompanied by a fun tangy green chili ginger sauce. It took less than 2 minutes to devour.
The star of the show arrived moments later; tonkotsu ramen, a milky pork-based broth served with ramen noodles, slices of braised pork, adorned with spring onions, bean sprouts and a soft boiled egg. The broth is “dense with flavour and thick with umami” Marina O’Loughlin says in the Guardian.
The broth was indeed dense and balanced quite well with the rest of the accoutrements but not particularly to my tastes. It lacked something that could tickle my taste buds and have me wanting more. I might just have to accept that I prefer soy-based broths… until I forget again.
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