Bone Daddies needs no introduction, unless you have been living under a rock these last few years. They have done to ramen bars what Dishoom has done to Indian food – made it hipster.
With their newest franchise opening at James Street in Mayfair, they have successfully created yet another destination for us Londoners to queue (yay)!
The interiors are bright, cheerful and industrial chic, seating about 80 across two floors.
Concrete pendant multi-lights, light boxes and neon signage add some quirky touches. The atmosphere is lively and upbeat.
Starters comprise of Bone Daddies veterans such as Wild Soft Shell Crab (moist, delicate crab meat inside a soft, crunchy batter) served with a tangy, green chilli ginger sauce (£9.40). So moreish, it has its own cult following.
They are joined on the table by newcomers from the Robata grill section. The Prawns Kushiyaki (£6.40) – little skewers of tender, juicy, slightly chargrilled prawns interjected with courgettes, came alive with bursts of flavours from a spicy, kickass Yuzu Ponzu marinade.
The Pork Belly Kushiyaki (£5.20) was an equally delectable offering – subtle smoky flavours coming from the fatty, melt-in-your-mouth chunks of pork belly. I absolutely LOVE pork belly – if pork belly were a man, I would marry it!
The Lamb Ribs (£11.80) were the last to arrive. The blistered, flamboyantly-cooked meat literally falls off the bone and into our mouths, exploding with its deep charcoal flavours. This is absolute meatporn on a plate.
Let’s not forget the ramen. Mr. K’s Tantanmen (sesame, chilli, pork mince, chashu pork and bok choy in chicken bone broth) is a smooth, fiery, nutty bowl of nourishing goodness (£11).
My Tonkotsu (chashu pork belly, spring onion in 2 hour pork bone broth) has bold, gutsy, deep flavours built on a solid foundation of a meaty pork broth (£11).
Service is supercharged and efficient, but not without smiles.
This was my third visit to Bone Daddies, but somehow this time we really delved into the soul of the place. I highly recommend a visit, whilst the temperatures are still in single digits. Be prepared to queue but the food and the experience is totally worth it.
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N.B. All opinions and viewpoints expressed in this blogpost are solely my own. The photographs used have been taken by me and my partner (credited wherever applicable). I review anonymously and pay for my meals. The total cost of this meal was discounted as we attended during the restaurant’s soft launch period.