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Bone Daddies Ramen bar Soho

Bone Daddies Ramen bar Soho

Address 30-31 Peter Street; London W1F 0AP
by Wardour Street
Neighbourhood Soho | See on map
Tube Piccadilly Circus [Piccadilly, Bakerloo], Leicester Square [Northern, Piccadilly]
Telephone +44 20 7287 8581
Website http://bonedaddiesramen.com/
Price £15-25
Hours Mon-Sat 12-15, 17:30-0:30. Sun 12-15, 17:30-22.

For ramen in London you’ve always had two options: pick up a supermarket pack and put the kettle on, or head to one of Alan Yau’s Wagamamas for a watered down version. But now that a number of ramen spots have popped up in Soho, it’s Bone Daddies that make us really, um, excited.

The excitement isn’t entirely down to the name – in this case only an innocuous reference to the bone-infused base of ramen – as Aussie owner Ross Shonhan also happens to be the former head chef of Nobu and Zuma. That glorious past might not show in the low-key interiors, but becomes evident when you sip from the broth – with a chicken or pork base, it’s rather superb, perfectly complementing the noodles.

The menu features eight different ramen-broth-filler combinations and the likes of chashu pork, bamboo and pulled chicken to bulk things up. For extra flavour, add another pipette of fat (putting paid to any misconceptions that this is a ‘healthy’ option) or condition from the chilli oils and jars of garlic cloves and crushers on each of the communal tables. Not enough? Top off with more solid sides like fried chicken, sashimi and soft shell crab.

There’s also a late license and extended opening hours which mean exiting one of the nearby bars and staving off a possible hangover with a hot bowl of broth is entirely achievable, even for the most inebriated. Or just drink some more and order something from the range of cocktails, cold sakes or the hard-to-find Asahi Super Creamy Head. Talk about a happy ending from this daddy.