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As we leave newly opened noodle bar Bone Daddies around 8.30pm on a mid-week evening, having thoroughly enjoyed our meal for two, there is a queue snaking down the street and around the corner.

The scene Inside, it’s three deep at the bar with those waiting for tables. When it opened last November, a buzz quickly built around this restaurant from Aussie Ross Shonhan. And it’s well deserved for the chef with more than a decade of experience in Japanese restaurants the world over.

With high tables and stools, packed in enough to give you a great vibe without it being too squished, it is a bustling new establishment where its popularity is matched only by the sterling cuisine. The menu is clear and simple – eight snack and ramen options, all made entirely from scratch on site and from only the freshest ingredients. It is a winning combination all round.  

The grub Our appetites are whet with a couple of starters – the fried chicken and salmon sashimi, which are both right little palette-pleasers. I’m feeling adventurous so ask for some recommendations. “Which is the hottest?” I ask before plumping for the tantanmen (sesame, chilli, pork mince, bok choy, with extra chilli).

It’s an excitable bowl and incredibly satisfying, but one that is too spiced for my partner who goes for the equally as impressive, if slightly less fiery, miso ramen (corn, wakame, chicken, butter and chicken broth). Bone Daddies’ goal is simple – ramen done properly and with panache. It pulls this off wonderfully.  

Behind the bar Red and white wines (three of each from £4/ £16 per glass/ bottle) sit alongside lagers and ales (from £3), a selection of Japanese whiskies (from £7.20) and a range of cocktails, from alco-free fruit choices to ‘harder’ shochu variants (both from £7.80). 

Bill please Snacks from £3.50; ramen from £8. 

Verdict This bustling restaurant is a must visit. The food is outstanding, the drinks refreshingly different and the vibrant buzz inside is addictive. 

31 Peter Street, W1F 0AR  
bonedaddiesramen.com  
Tube | Leicester Square


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Bone Daddies - review: A 'must-visit' Japanese restaurant in Soho, London
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