Bone Daddies and cock scratchings in Kensington
Bone Daddies has been on my ‘to try’ list for a while and recently I got my chance to go when I in London. I went to the branch on Kensington High Street, they have others in Soho, Bermondsey, Old Street and Victoria.
The style of the ramen bar is open plan and casual, the table was laid with everything you might need from garlic, sesame seeds, plastic bibs and chopsticks. We took to our seats and reviewed the menu, the cock scratchings got our attention! The chicken skin with a little shichimi seasoning featured in a few dishes. It is the ramen though that Bone Daddies have a reputation for, if you don’t know, ramen is essentially Japanese comfort food in bowl form.
In recent years it has grown in popularity and its highly likely you’ll be able to get ramen somewhere near you. The foundation of every ramen is a savoury umami rich broth, then there’s noodles, seasoning from miso, soy to seaweed, toppings of fish, sliced meat (usually pork) or tofu, spring onions and more often than not a boiled egg.
Bone Daddies have it all on the menu from 20 hour hour broth ramen, vegetarian ramen to special dishes including the cheesy chasu Katy’s curry dipping ramen with a fruity Japanese curry sauce. There was a few poke options, this Hawaiian influenced dish is currently a trendy favourite becoming more popular on menus. You can have extra toppings with anything from bok choy, kara-age tofu to more cock scratchings!
We picked our starters, I opted for a salmon steamed bun with pickled carrot and chilli ginger mayo (£5.50). The plump light bun was filled with crisp tender salmon and colourful layers of chilli, lettuce and carrot. I couldn’t really do graceful eating and it was devoured by getting hands on.
For mains, I chose tantanmen ramen with pork mince and chashu pork, sesame, chilli, bok choy, bamboo and a Clarence Court egg (£11.40). It’s a food to eat with friends as you do end up slurping your noodles which is the Japanese way to eat ramen.
Ramen is truly satisfying and hearty food in bowl form, I felt full up and left with a warm glow and an understanding why ramen is popular. With relaxed dining and lots of choice on the menu, Bone Daddies a decent place to try ramen and prices are reasonable for London between £10-15.
If you want to try ramen at home Bone Daddies have a recipe book or you can check out the web for top ramen tips.
63-67 Kensington High Street