According to one of Tonkotsu's blog posts, their ramen bar is London's first. They also take their food seriously, proudly displaying on their menu and website that they make their own noodles from their Japan-imported machine. But is it any good?
The short answer is yes - the noodle soup is very good at Tonkotsu! And judging by the queue at the door, they've clearly built up a healthy following too.
The menu is simple: there's only four ramen dishes to choose from (plus side dishes) - quality over quantity. All the ramen are between £9 and £11, so you won't break the bank eating there.
I went for the 'Tokyo Ramen', a ramen noodle soup with a seasoned boiled egg, pork belly and bamboo shoots. The pork was soft and well seasoned, and the egg was perfectly cooked with a lovely soft centre. The noodles had a good bite to them, while the soup broth had a wonderful smoky and intense flavour to it.
|Tokyo Ramen: soy sauce base, pork and chicken stock and medium thick noodles topped with mirin and soy marinated pork belly, half a seasoned soft-boiled egg, menma and spring onions.|
|Tonkotsu: rich, sea salt-based pork stock and thin noodles topped with slices of melt-in-the-mouth pork belly, half a seasoned soft-boiled egg, menma, bean sprouts and spring onions|