My ramen quest continues...for this weeks treat I found myself popping through China Town and heading into the widely acclaimed Tonkotsu on Dean Street.
The restaurant is a small, two story, 30 or so seater with both table and bar seating. I settled in at the Ramen bar at the front and was greeted by helpful staff, whom encouraged me to try the gyoza after a friend had told me they a an 'absolute must' - naturally, I ordered some of the pork filled ones to arrive ASAP and settled into the noodle menu.
Good ramen is hard to come by purely as it takes hours and hours to extract the flavour from the bones to make the pork broth. So, when you come across a goodie you know they've put in time and effort to get it right.
Approx 15mins later my gyoza arrived which took a little longer than imagined, but hey, they're home made so don't expect fast food!! Five plump crispy bottomed parcels arrived and looked delicious. The dough was of perfect consistency and the pork, succulent. My only issue was the filling was rather pink and therefore reminded me a little of German sausage, but pinkness aside these were rather good.
I went for the namesake broth, 'Tonkotsu' which is a 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 (fermented bamboo shoots), bean sprouts and spring onions.
The thin noodles for one were excellent and cooked with the perfect bite to them. In fact I would go as far to say that these were some of the better noodles I have had. The broth was silky and a rich meaty flavour was certainly apparent, hugely enjoyable. The pork belly slices were a little too chewy and fatty for my liking in comparison to Shoryu where the fat was more palatable and sweeter, but they were far more generous in portion here than in other places. For £11 it's a fantastically tasty tummy filler.
Tonkotsu is a great contender for London's Ramen scene and there is obvious reasons as to why it's so popular. The broth is super tasty and punchy and sides come with reasonable price tags, a great place for a casual supper.