bone daddies

After E and I returned from France post-Christmas, we decided to go on a diet.

An Asian diet, just for a day or two.

Did I fool anyone?!

Although I love pretty much all kinds of French food and enjoyed it thoroughly while we were away, once back at home I was craving a big bowl of noodles like nothing else. (Not helped by the recent memory of Marla’s post about delicious ramen.)

We decided to try out Bone Daddies, somewhere that’s been on my to-try list for a while, and crossed our fingers that there wouldn’t be too crazy a queue.

Turns out, the place is only packed with queues snaking around the corner in the evenings. We immediately got counter seats by the window (the shutterbug blogger in me was very happy!).

After a quick peruse of the menu, we decided on our choice of noodles, and ordered some fried chicken to share whilst we wait. E absolutely loves Japanese fried chicken (called “kara-age”) and their ones did not disappoint.

For the main event, E chose the Tonkotsu, with the delicious pork bone broth. He raved about it, and from the little sips I tried I was impressed as well.

As for me, I went for the Tantan-men, a spicy, peanutty, sesame oil based broth with ground beef and chilli.

It’s not for the faint hearted, nor for anyone looking for a light, healthy lunch, but this hit the spot. The egg was perfectly (under)cooked and seasoned, noodles fresh and the soup rich but not overpowering. It was piping hot too, as it should be, so much so that my camera lens was fogging up. Oops.

I can see why this place is so popular. Unless you really want to go in the evening, I suggest trying it at lunch time, preferably early, to avoid the queues and for a quiet, casual atmosphere. My girlfriends and I once debated going there one evening, and although the wait wasn’t too long, they put up the music to full blast for the evening diners and we decided to go to Tonkotsu instead, where we could actually hear each other talk (and the food there was fantastic too). Just a heads up, in case any of you are also like me and my friends who are premature grandmas and can’t handle our ears splitting during dinner!

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  • Reply Cat

    this looks delicious!! x

    January 5, 2014 at 9:50 am
  • Reply Caroline M

    It's one of those venues that I've been meaning to go to all year but never quite made it! The 'no reservation' restaurants always put me off a bit – I'm not one for a queue! Perhaps I'll follow your advice and head down there one lunchtime as it does look delish!Caroline xCocktails and Caroline

    January 5, 2014 at 12:04 pm
  • Reply jennie

    Seriously, I really want to follow you around because you always go to the BEST places! Sometimes I really miss having so many options that city life brings and the spontaneity! Jennie xo |

    January 5, 2014 at 1:12 pm
  • Reply Ellie

    E's dish looks amazing! yours look delightful as well and new, like some adventurous meal igniting curiosity!!

    January 5, 2014 at 1:15 pm
  • Reply Sushi Gal

    Yum, why did I have to read this when I already feel hungry :)

    January 5, 2014 at 1:53 pm
  • Reply Emma

    If this is what an Asian style of New Year's diet is, sign me up! x

    January 5, 2014 at 8:16 pm
  • Reply Dina Farmer

    I miss Kara-age!!!! We used to eat it sooooooooo much when we lived in Japan. I'm not an adventurous cook, which kind of makes me shy away from cooking to many things out of my range. But I do make omu-rice on occasion.

    January 5, 2014 at 8:37 pm
  • Reply miho

    The camera never lies ๐Ÿ˜‰ x

    January 6, 2014 at 9:25 pm
  • Reply miho

    Argh I'm with you about no reservation places, it's becoming a trend and I don't like it! Lunchtime is a good bet for bone daddies x

    January 6, 2014 at 9:26 pm
  • Reply miho

    I wish we could go and grab a delicious lunch together Jennie! x

    January 6, 2014 at 9:26 pm
  • Reply miho

    Haha love that description! x

    January 6, 2014 at 9:27 pm
  • Reply miho

    It's making me hungry too!! x

    January 6, 2014 at 9:27 pm
  • Reply miho

    Absolutely yes ๐Ÿ™‚ x

    January 6, 2014 at 9:27 pm
  • Reply miho

    Oh I loooove omu-rice thank you for reminding me about that actually, I want to make it now! x

    January 6, 2014 at 9:28 pm
  • Reply Setarra

    I do so enjoy living vicariously through your blog and england/europe eating adventures! Ramen in the best for beating the winter blues. If you ever visit NYC, make sure to visit Totto Ramen in Hell's Kitchen. Super yummy ๐Ÿ™‚

    January 8, 2014 at 2:53 am
  • Reply Marla Rogers

    Dawww thanks for the shoutout :] Although trying that restaurant in the first place was inspired by that homemade ramen post you put up forever ago…! SO THANK YOU! Also after reading this my cravings for ramen have doubled in size…haha. That egg looks divine, and those noodles GAHHH. And don't worry, I'm a grandma too haha.

    January 8, 2014 at 10:18 pm
  • Reply Mary Belle

    This just made me hungry! :)So far the ramen I've ever tasted was simply with noodles and spice.

    January 12, 2014 at 5:53 am
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