I, like a lot of Londoners in general, have been going through a bit of a ramen craze lately. One of the most talked about ramen joints on the scene lately has been Bone Daddies on Peter Street in Soho, which I enjoyed so much I went twice in the past week!
The interior is quite cool, with its colourful walls and high tables arranged rather haphazardly to fill the space. The people there are also friendly, which adds to the overall vibe of the place. Gotta say I appreciate their relatively large capacity (compared to my other Soho conquests like Spuntino) - we came at lunchtime and the place was pretty packed, but they still managed to seat us right away.
Bone Daddies' ramens come in strong punchy soups that are full of flavour, as opposed to clearer and lighter broths some people are used to when it comes to Asian noodles (like with pho). All their ramen comes with a wonderful soft boiled egg, as well as bamboo shoots and beansprouts. The ramens I've tried are T22 (chicken) and Tonkotsu (pork), which were both great. The T22 comes with fried chicken bits amusingly called 'cock scratchings', which I had a good laugh about. In defence of my (im)maturity, I'm sure that was the intended effect! Jokes aside though, they're great little bites of intense flavor.
If you're feeling a little more adventurous, I would recommend the dipping ramen! Apparently this is all the craze in Tokyo right now, so if you want to be perfectly en trend then this should be your pick. The noodles come cold with a small bowl of soup for dipping. Don't worry, it's not boring old miso soup, it's the very same punchy soup you get with the other ramens! The chasiu pork on top is awesome too.
The portions are reasonably sized, but if they aren't large enough to fill you up entirely, you can go for extra noodles as a 'topping'. I would also recommend getting the fried chicken as a starter/side, they define the term terribly irresistible - operative word being terribly. I couldn't be happier when my friend offered me the last piece!
I have to say that I can't vouch for the authenticity of Bone Daddies. Honestly, it feels as 'Japanese' as Superdry does and 'Asian-food snobs' will probably feel more at home elsewhere (such as at another favorite of mine, Ittenbari, which I might write about soon!). But I'm definitely no such snob, and a good bowl of ramen is a good bowl of ramen to me!
Price: £ £ out of 5
You can find the Bone Daddies home page here.