I had been meaning to check out the neighbouring Tonkotsu a little while now. Savoury broths and house-made noodles – yes please. I was having a heavy day at work, so a retreat at a chill noodle house sounded perfect. Tonkotsu takes its noodles seriously and it shows. The noodles have a great level of bite, with the perfect wheat taste. It all comes together to make for an authentic tonkotsu experience in London. My order was for the classic Tonkotsu Ramen, made up with a 16-hour pork broth which has a sea salt and lardo base. It’s topped with bamboo shoots, spring onion, egg, roast pork belly and burnt garlic oil. The tables also have fresh ginger and mincers so you can pop that right into the bowl. I got the large size which I’d recommend, it may have been too small otherwise. And again, I was more than happy with this bowl – great flavours, satisfying and a nice little afternoon reprieve from dreary office life.
Being a lunchtime there was a combo deal on offer where you could include a side for £12 total or something like that. I went for the chicken gyozas and these three are a great little side. The gyozas wasn’t quite as remarkable as the noodles, but the filling was successful and I liked the single-sided grilling presentation.