TBS and I are huge fans of ramen and whilst I am optimistic when encountering a new ramen joint outside of Japan, TBS is always cautious and ready to expect the worse, ever the sensible capricorn. We all ordered a pint of Asahi which was on tap and decided to share the yellowtail sashimi to get us started.
Thick slices of yellowtail arrived served with green chilli, ponzu and coriander. The kick of the green chilli cut through the richness of the fish as did the tartness of the ponzu. DM found the yellowtail a little bit too ‘fishy’ for his liking and I am inclined to agree. I prefer more subtle fish when eating sashimi but I think that’s because I can’t hack the pace!
The three of us were all drawn to the Tonkotsu ramen because of the 20 hour pork bone broth. All the other ramen used a chicken bone broth which just didn’t seem to cut it on this cold evening. It wasn’t long before our ramen arrived- al dente noodles, bamboo shoots, spring onion, bean sprouts, tender chashu and a perfectly yolky clarence court egg amidst a milky broth.
Bone Daddies’ version of Tonkotsu ramen was tasty but the broth lacked the depth of flavour that I’ve encountered in Japan. I liked the chilli oil and pickled garlic that was on hand, the addition of both which enhanced the flavours of the ramen. The chashu was meltingly tender and the crunch of the bamboo shoots and bean sprouts provided great texture to the dish.
Bone Daddies is clearly pursuing a quirky, non- trad take on the ramen bar offering ramen specials such as spicy kimchi seafood ramen and snacks such as pardon peppers and Korean fried guinea fowl so it would be unfair to expect a traditional ramen. I had a tasty dish and combined with the friendly service and buzzy environment I was more than happy that we had given Bone Daddies a go. If you’re in the area and in need of a warm, hearty bowl of ramen then Bone Daddies has your back.
Good to know:
Asahi Super Creamy Head HP £4.50
Yellowtail sashimi £9
Tonkotsu ramen £11
Bone Daddies Ramen Bar
31 Peter Street
London W1F 0AR
Monday: 12:00pm to 3:00pm and 5:30pm to 10:00pm
Tuesday: 12:00pm to 3:00pm and 5:30pm to 11:00pm
Wednesday: 12:00pm to 3:00pm and 5:30pm to 11:00pm
Thursday and Friday: open all day
Saturday: 12:00pm to 12:00am
Sunday: 12:00pm to 9:00pm
Images: T B Southam