What do you do when London is so cold your fingers are numb, your nose is dripping and your teeth won’t stop chattering? You eat ramen, because it is big, it is delicious, and it is hot. If you’re looking for a place to eat ramen in London, Bone Daddies is a pretty fantastic choice. For London, that is. They’ve got nothing on American ramen game. While it fills up fast, and they are masters at packing people in. We arrived soon after opening and avoided the queue, but by the time we left the bar, people were lined out the door.
We were pretty parched and chilled from spending the afternoon wandering around Somerset House, so we ordered some hot sake the moment we sat down. In Japanese culture, you never fill up your own sake glass. Instead, you wait for your dinner partner to pour for you. An easy (and somewhat passive aggressive) way around this is to very obviously and deliberately fill up your companions tumbler, so that they might recognise the level in your glass. This is a tradition in my family.
We ordered two types of ramen, the Bone Daddies’ special of the day Spicy Miso Ramen (pictured above), and the Tonkotsu Ramen (below) made with a 20 hour pork bone broth. While we waited for our bowls of ramen, we chowed down on edamame. The spice of the miso ramen was perfect for warming us from the inside out, and not to strong for a pansy like myself. The 20 hour bone broth in the Tonkotsu ramen added a depth and creaminess not normally found in ramen broth. We finished the meal with a serving of Bone Daddies soft serve green tea ice cream (un-pictured because it was devoured so quickly). It can be hard to find green tea ice cream in London, but this is well worth the trek alone.
Bone Daddies Ramen Bar
31 Peter Street
London W1F 0AR
+44 (0)207 287 8581
Photographs by Diana Eastman