Tonkotsu is superb. Thereâ€™s one right near my flat too meaning Eat the Bits chicken wings feature in my diet far more heavily than they should. Itâ€™s one of the most consistently brilliant quick bites you can eat in London.
Great news then that theyâ€™re taking over their sister restaurant,Â Anzu in St Jamesâ€™s Market, for 3 months. Letâ€™s hope it becomes a permanent fixture which would only be a good thing for the area.
Itâ€™s the same menu as most of the other Tonkotsu restaurants. We start with those wings (Â£5.75), generously doused in Eat the Bits chilli sauce. They sell jars to takeaway (Â£5.95) and itâ€™s something I couldnâ€™t live without. The crunch on that chicken is enough to rival Chick ‘n’ Sours.
King crab and pork gyoza (Â£5.75) are shaped like tortellini. The dumpling casings are light and sticky holding a generous amount of sweet crab. King prawn katsu (Â£6.95) are whopping buggers. They come with a sugary, tangy dipping sauce which is lush.
I go for a Tonkotsu (Â£11) which is the best ramen Iâ€™ve had in London. The broth is rich and creamy – which is what youâ€™ll get if you boil pig bones for 16 hours. Thereâ€™s half a soy cured egg with a gooey yolk dusted in sesame seeds for added richness. The noodles are thin and bouncy – theyâ€™re made at their East London restaurants in noodle machines shipped over from Japan.
Something a bit different is duck hiyashi ramen salad (Â£11.50). Itâ€™s a plate of room temperature noodles, chunks of sweet and sticky duck, cucumber, tomato and pea shoots. It’s ramen just without the richness of the broth.
For dessert, we share a malted milk ice cream sandwich (Â£5.25). It tastes like the inside of a Malteser with the oatiness of a flapjack and the texture of a Maxibon. HEAVEN.
I sound like a total Tonkotsu fangirl but thatâ€™s because I am. There are currently six in London ranging from Soho to Notting Hill – hereâ€™s hoping we see even more of them.
Would we go back? Yes
We dined as guests of the restaurant