I was meeting a friend for a girly afternoon in Soho yesterday and we decided to pop into Bone Daddies Ramen Bar for a quick spot of lunch. They have a 'no reservations policy' and the restaurant just happens to be on my bucket list of places to try. So it all worked out rather well!
The restaurant is the brainchild of Ross Shonhan, former head chef at Zuma and Nobu - both excellent Japanese restaurants, so you know this will be good! Ramen has been one of the many trends to hit the London food scene this year and the opening of Bone Daddies just before winter could not be more perfectly timed. What better comfort food than a bowl of steaming hot broth?
The restaurant is small and takes inspiration from the Japanese rockabilly movement. There is rock music playing in the background and the vibe is very cool. When we were there at 12:00 the restaurant was pretty empty, but that changed quickly and there was a good mix of Soho media types and Japanese clientele.
We started with Salmon Sashimi (£7.00) and Softshell Crab (£8.00). The sashimi was excellent and the dressing was really tasty. The softshell crab was tender and sweet, but I didn't like the side sauce it came with. It tasted and looked like it had wasabi in it, but didn't pack any punch. The texture was a bit grainy and we ended up pushing it aside and using the sashimi dressing as a sauce.
I ordered the Tatenkamen Ramen with sesame, chilli, pork mince, bok choy and chicken bone broth (£10.00) for my main. I was warned that it was spicy, but I like spice! The broth was so full of flavour - hot, sour, sweet and spicy. Everything you'd want in an Asian dish. The boiled egg in the broth was cooked perfectly with a still soft yolk. I have a thing about eggs and this was cooked exactly how I like them. I would've liked the pork to be slices or bigger pieces of mince because I struggled to find the meat in my broth. The noodles had a nutty taste to them, so it makes me think they were wholemeal, I could be wrong though. I also really loved the ceramic bowl it came in - the blue rim just made the colours in the meal pop that little bit more. The portion was huge and I couldn't finish it, but I did lap up all the broth, it was that good.
The bill came to £45 including service. We didn't have any alcohol as we were going to a makeup master class afterwards and didn't want our heads to be cloudy. (Although in hindsight, alcohol may have helped us!)
For a quick, tasty, cheap’ish lunch I would highly recommend Bone Daddies Ramen Bar.
Until we eat again!
Bone Daddies Ramen Bar
31 Peter Str, W1F 0AR