Although the weather has started to heat up towards the end of April, the beginning was another story and I started to crave ramen.
After visiting Bone Daddies again in March, I wanted to try a new ramen joint since they now seem to be everywhere in London. Tonkotsu is also based in Soho and a 3 minute walk from Bone Daddies. As tempting as it was to visit my favourite ramen haunt, we decided to stick to our original plan and try something different.
The restaurant itself is cosily intimate, with simple, low wooden furnishings scattered with everything you’d need to flavour your ramen from garlic, soy sauce and chilli oil.
The menu is simple with 4 ramen dishes to choose from or alternatively, rice dishes or gyozas if you’re really not in the mood for ramen, although I’m not sure why you’d come here otherwise.
To wet our appetite, we ordered a side of crab korokke to share between two. The panko breadcrumbs, were perfectly golden, crispy and there was enough crab to balance out the sharp tartare sauce it was paired with.
The ramen was unfortunately a big let-down. The broth wasn’t as rich as it could have been, more watery and less flavoursome and the egg was overcooked. The fatty pork was decent but there certainly could have been more of it and for me the best aspect was the noodles which had been cooked perfectly.
Tonkotsu was decent enough but when Bone Daddies is so good and just a stone’s throw away, why bother with anything less?
– Tonkotsu, Soho