Bone Daddies – Love at First Taste
Bone Daddies is one of the most blogged about restaurants in London. I’ve read countless reviews and it’s been on my list to try for a while. I’ve had ramen before but I’ve never been a huge fan. The broths were always too watery and filled with flavourless ingredients but Bone Daddies has completely changed my opinion.
One of the first things you may notice when you arrive is the added extras on the table ranging from garlic, soy sauce, chilli oil to even hair ties to tie hair whilst consuming the ramen. How thoughtful.
As a side order to go alongside our ramen, we ordered fried chicken to share. The chicken was crispy with a peppery batter and moist inside, the squeeze of lemon added a sharpness to the chicken. It was good but nothing special.
My friend opted for the traditional tonkotsu ramen which consisted of chashu pork in a 20 hour pork bone broth. The broth was silky and very flavoursome leaving your tongue wanting more with each spoonful. Other additions in the ramen was a clarence court egg, spring onion, sesame seeds, bamboo and bean sprouts.
I was in the mood for something that would satisfy my spicy craving and chose the tantanmen which came with a warning before ordering. The dish contained pork mince in a chicken bone broth which was spiced with chilli. The chilli stood out as soon as the dish arrived as the broth was coloured dark orange/red. The taste didn’t disappoint, the broth was rich, silky, spicy and yet didn’t overpower any of the other elements of the dish such as bok choy, and the clarence court egg. The pork mince added a soft, meaty texture but surprisingly wasn’t the key element, let’s just say the broth did all the talking. The additional condiments on the table were a nice gesture, but neither of us needed to add anything to flavour the ramen. Dare I say it was near perfect?
After visiting Flesh & Buns earlier in the year, I knew Bone Daddies would be good but I wasn’t expecting the ramen to taste this good. It surprised me that a dish so simple could be so mouth-watering and an added bonus is the price per portion. Ramen prices range from £8-£11 and there’s no need for any side orders and you’ll be surprised at how much you get for the price. Next time I’m in Soho, I’ll be re-visiting Bone Daddies as I can’t seem to get ramen out of my mind.
- Bone Daddies, Soho