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Another lunch in London and another opportunity to demonstrate how far I am behind the times...
One of last year’s hottest food trends was tonkotsu ramen - a Japanese noodle broth made by boiling pork bones for hours & hours until the milky marrow is unleashed and a creamy, unctuous stock is produced.
Bone Daddies, my lunch destination, is headed up by Ross Shonhan, the Antipodean former head chef of celebrated celeb-hangouts Zuma & Nobu. He's also just opened another new gaff which everyone's talking about.
Understandably, Bone Daddies exclusively serves ramen and a few sides.
I ordered the tonkotsu ramen (£11). The thick, deeply meaty and fatty broth was accompanied by a whopping slice of tender pork belly, a melt in the mouth egg, bean sprouts, bamboo shoots, spring onions and thin noodles.
Whilst a bowl of soup noodles might seem like a light lunch, I can assure you it wasn’t. In fact, it was a bit like eating a bowl of gravy - albeit rather delicious gravy. A drizzle of chilli oil & a scattering of ground sesame seeds helped to cut through the richness which eventually took its toll.
I preferred my dining companion’s lighter dish of sweet 3 miso ramen (£10). A staggeringly complex sweet chicken broth with fruity pineapple notes was accompanied by chargrilled corn, wobbly egg, soft chicken, bamboo shoots, bean sprouts, noodles, seaweed and... a knob of butter.
A side of fried chicken (£5) was über-good. Crispy, juicy, grease-free and perfectly seasoned, the bite-sized boneless pieces allowed for rapid inhalation.
Address - Bone Daddies, 31 Peter Street, London W1F 0AR
Telephone - 020 7287 8581 (No reservations)