Another day, another queue. This time for Bone Daddies in Soho. But the wait was bearable thanks to a ‘BD Fruity’ mocktail (passionfruit, mint and OJ), the buzzing atmosphere and blaring rock music.
We were there for Ramen, but that didn’t stop us ordering a couple of snacks – warm, salted edamame and the best soft shelled crab I’ve had in a long time. Lightly battered, crisp and meaty, it came with a hot hot green chilli sauce that threw me into a long and embarrassing coughing fit.
Our affable waiter suggested we try Tonkotsu Ramen, made with spring onion, chashu pork and 20 hour pork bone broth, and Tantanmen, with sesame, chilli, pork mince, bok choy and chicken bone broth. He also took the time to find out what contained nuts so C didn’t end up with a side of adrenaline.
Tonkotsu is known for its rich, fatty, intense flavour. For just 50p, you can take it to the next level with an extra shot of animal fat – something C quickly declined. Despite my earlier splutterings, I daringly went for spicy Tantanmen. K opted for the ‘lighter’ Sweet 3 Miso Ramen with corn, wakame (edible seaweed), butter (there’s a whole slab swimming in the bowl), chicken and chicken bone broth.
My bowl was a sight for hungry eyes. Brimming with fatty stock, it contained oodles of noodles, fried minced pork, more pork (this time sliced), a long bok choy leaf, bamboo, bean sprouts and a deliciously soft boiled Clarence Court egg. Each flavour stood up for itself, which was suprising given the strong curried sauce.
C wolfed his down – no complaints there – but K, like me, left about a third. That’s not to say we didn’t enjoy it, but we could already feel indigestion creeping on.
The bill came to £20 each with tip. There was no alcohol involved, but we’d eaten ’til our bellies ached and been well looked after – despite the queue of hungry punters, no one rushed us out the door (*ahem… CHICKEN SHOP*). For being cool on so many levels, Bone Daddies gets a LLE Rating of 7.5 / 10.
Bone Daddies, 30-31 Peter Street, Soho, London W1F 0AT