Bone Daddies

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5 Love It
Michael Franke

Cock scratchings are not the first thing you expect to see on a ramen bar’s menu. But Bone Daddies is not your average noodle joint. Instead, it’s a New York-inspired, butched-up ramen-ya with gutsy noodle soup dishes that don’t skimp on flavour. As you open the door you’re met with a barrage of belting rock guitar, walls covered in images of quiffed and tattooed Japanese rockabillies, and a room full of diners seated on high stools soaking it all up. So, perhaps not somewhere to bring your mum, or a date for that matter – unless you don’t mind shouting at each other. The cock scratchings turned out to be crunchy crumbled chicken skin, mixed with a little shichimi seasoning and sprinkled on to a chicken bone and soy-based ramen dish (T22) for added crunch. Other choices include one of the richest bowls of tonkotsu ramen you’ll find in London: the broth made from 20-hour simmered pork bones; sweet miso and butter ramen; and sesame sauce and peanut-laced tantanmen noodles slicked with chilli oil. There are no low-fat options here. A long list of Japanese drinks provides the accompaniment, including saké, shochu and whiskey. Service is swift and appropriately informal.


Venue name: Bone Daddies
Address: 30-31 Peter Street
Opening hours: noon-3pm, 5.30-10pm Mon; noon-3pm, 5.30-11pm Tues, Wed; noon-midnight Thurs-Sat; noon-9pm Sun.
Transport: Tube: Piccadilly Circus tube
Price: Main courses £9-£13. Meal for two with drinks and service: around £60
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Average User Rating

2.8 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:5
  • 4 star:6
  • 3 star:9
  • 2 star:6
  • 1 star:8
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Mun Mun Kong
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Really not worth a visit if you want authentic Japanese food, couldn't even finish a bowl due to the richness of the soup due to the butter, not asian at all unless you like that type of thing! Ramen should be a broth! Really disappointed and I won't be back especially for the price paid

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Ramen's decent but way too expensive for what it is. Service charge is too much. A cup of green tea for £3 is a fucking joke. That should be illegal. Therefore I'm not going back. Tonkotsu is better value and Ittenbari's miso ramen's better(their other ramen sucks though).

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Ramen was better than I expected because I have eaten at some ramen places which opened recently. They aren't great either but the soup here is a bit better than the others. However the portions are very small and the ramen is not hot enough for me(Japanese) which means the prices are far too high. The worst thing is they add a service charge!! We spent £20 for ramen and the service charge was £2.50!! That was ridiculous. Carrying just two bowls of ramen 5 feet doesn't deserve a service charge so we won't go back there again.

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'Authentic' ramen should be cheap and filling. This place misses the mark. Its nothing like the much more impressive New York ramen alluded to in the article.

david kingstree
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terrible...they forgot our mains, starters and sides - had to ask 3 times. It took nearly 1.5 hrs to have a meal of a bowl of noodles. The ramen is nothing like the stuff you get in the states - over rich, salty, small portions - instead of filling, balanced and tasty. the globe artichoke still had the choke in it and it was ice cold!!! and ramen noodles...nothing like it. The waiter confessed he had never had ramen!! don't waste you're money.

dee W
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this place gets worse with each visit. I kept going, not because I am masochistic, but because I was hoping to get something vaguely similar to what this place was when it first opened. Nada. Disappointed 7 times. For an establishment that dares to call itself "Bone Daddies", the broth is pathetic, service is just as pathetic and they dare to charge for it. save your money and go somewhere else.

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Not one single vegetarian option. Very disappointing.

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very very SO SO ramen. Soup is too rich, makes you feel slightly sick after eating half bowl. Noodle is just standard noodle, and the pork topping is nothing to rave about too. Wouldn't bother with it if you have eaten real good ramen.

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Tonkatsu ramen was nice, pork broth was rich. However, portion size was a bit small... not enough soup... and drinks were expensive. Asahi was £3.50 and green tea was £3??!!!

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Can't really see the fuss over this place. The Ramen was nice but not amazing. The service was iffy and the décor bland.

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The tonkatsu ramen had the thickest richest pork broth ever. The cocktails were superb. Happy to find it wasn’t busy or noisy on a Monday night. Wins hand down over Wagamama any day!

Malcolm W
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Ramen broth should be hot. Here it's luke-warm at best.

Ramen should be served relatively quickly. Here I waited 30min.

Ramen (even the best), should be inexpensive. Here it's priced like a luxury and sure as hell doesn't deliver.

But I'm sure lots of people will go and pay because more money means better, right?

Laura C

If you can manage the queue, a great place to schlurp ramen and watch the Soho crowds go by.

Angela L

As a vegetarian I only have one choice on the ramen menu which is the mushroom ramen. My omnivore friend took a while to decide between the kimchee ramen (with prawn and mussels) and the spicy miso ramen (with pork neck). I convinced her to get the latter if she wanted something spicy and meaty which she got. We asked for the wavy noodle which is more curly and bouncy - what you would expect to get with ramen (and which we were advised by a regular to ask for). The waiter told us that they couldn't do that for the ramens we chose - so that is -1 star. We also chose a cold and hot oolong as beverage of choice. This was cloudy which means it's a very poor quality oolong... Not impressed -1 star for that too. When we got our ramens - it was very apparent that the broth is both oily and thick - which in some ways I don't mind but it means u can't drink the broth as it's too rich and far too salty! We really forced ourselves to finish it and had to guzzle our teas to wash away the oily salty taste and feeling. So -1 for that too. Although the broth has the flavour of what it says, it just wasn't a pleasant experience combined with the decor of the place... A bit hipster looking - just attracts all the people who don't know any better about what real ramen tastes like! -1 for decor. Just saying! (Also not a lot of choice for vegetarians in the entree menu)!

paul h

The hot stone rice bowls are really good and inexpensive. Some of the other things on the menu both times I've been have been a little on the pricey side for what your getting. French toast with green tea ice-cream was fantastic.

Freire Barnes
moderatorStaff Writer

If you like your ramen with a side of raucous rock music then you’ve come to the right place. It felt more like a night club than a restaurant especially as our group of 5 got dumped on the bar seats on the back wall – which we wouldn’t have minded if the cramped eating conditions might be reflected in the price, which it’s not. This aside the ribs were heavenly, sticky and sweet with meat falling off the bone. I sampled the tonkotsu ramen for the first time. The broth wasn’t so much broth as it was very thick and buttery, but it was tasty it just needed a bit more greens to counterbalance the richness. This is the perfect place for people who like to queue, for one person, as you’re likely to get a seat or a large group who want to make a night of it. Also make sure you wear the plastic bibs as you’re definitely make a mess!

Paul C
Staff Writer

I recently visited Bone Daddies after a number of friends had recommended it. I'm fairly new in the Ramen game so was excited to try it out after receiving several glowing reviews. 

However, the food wasn't really up to much. I went for the minced pork Ramen with extra spice. The extra spice never really materialised and was ultimately a bowl of soup with a thick film of chilli oil floating on top. After eating it, I was left feeling a little groggy. The egg was a nice addition but ultimately the food was too rich.

The ambience was pretty cool but I tend to prefer a chair with a back as opposed to sitting on a stool for an hour...

I'm not in a rush to go back!

Ros J

Somewhere between a 3 and a 4 star review for me for Bone Daddies, a place I've heard lots about and wanted to try for AGES. First of all - love the vibe in here - it's edgy, cool with lots to look at. Service is friendly and it's quick - perfect for a bite for lunch. I had the Tantantem ramen - it was tasty but the broth was very thick, more like a curry sauce, so it left me feeling a bit queasy from over eating rich food afterwards. I'm not a fan of eggs in ramen, but that's personal taste, I'd ask for them removed next time. A good spot in central London. 

timothy w

Bloody brilliant. Not authentic Ramen but not trying to be. Super rich stocks and amazing range of toppings. Not standard but that is why it is great

Siu J

The worse ramen I have ever had in London! Excessively oily and salty. The only thing good was the soft boiled egg. The ingredients and the way they cook it is so not authentic, I think many Japanese would agree with me here. I had T22 which includes "cock scratchings" something that is only good for a dinner joke but extremely unappetizing. I told the staff about my less than impressed opinion and all she got to offer was telling the kitchen. I didn't even finish half of the noodle. Also the price is cheap for the level of comfort you get. Just stools and a bar table. I spend 16.5 just for a bowl of noodle and a coke. The fact that it says the hefty service charge (12.5%) is discretionary but always add into the bill is to me unfair to the customer. Just another way to hide hidden charges. Such a dishonest way of doing business. 

Carly-Ann Clements
Staff Writer

It's fine. I think that's the most accurate  description I can give. I couldn't finish it because the broth was too think and too rich and the meat was roughly 60% fat but the noodles were good and the egg was good. Not my cup of tea but my partner really enjoyed it.

Diana B

I love Ramen, and had heard a lot about Bone Daddies so finally went when it wasn't overly packed and we did enjoy it - however I think the broth was a little to rich and heavy - although it did taste amazing, but I couldn't finish it because it was a little too much. The service was very friendly and we got a free green tea ice-cream at the end of our meal (probably because we went on christmas eve).


Much better than Tonkotsu nearby, which is seriously bad. I was generally happy with it but I felt the portions were too small. Ramen should be a generous bowl of noodles and broth but Bone Daddy's portion is somewhat mean. Maybe it has been adjusted to cater for the Western market... Also where are the gyozas? You cant do ramen without them!!! I found the atmosphere a bit 'trendy' and the music kind of annoying. Overall good but not great.


im sure its tasty. butttt they dont have a single main dish which could be for either a fish only meat eating person or a vegetarian. wouldnt mind so much if i was in japan but its London were diversity is needed! bit awkward when yr in a group of meat eaters. was so looking forward to it too. seating is a bit squashed too. we went to Koya instead which despite the queue situation and slow waiters, never fails to impress.

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Really enjoyed a Sunday dinner here - be sure to go at an odd time to beat the queues. 

Annie Golubovic
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A hipster noodle joint with a cool, laid back atmosphere.. Yes the portions are smaller (and pricier) than traditional ramen but with such a rich and flavoursome dishes -any more would give you an instant heart attack. What really matters is that you will not find a better bowl of Tonkotsu ramen anywhere. The 20hr brewed broth makes for the richest, most delicious and comforting bowl of delight that gives you not merely a hug but a full-on snog. Top it off with cock scratchings and you can start planning world domination.

Lou Rees
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I'll keep it short and sweet. Intrigued by the recent wave of ramen places popping up in the capital, I thought I'd check out the one garnering the most hype, but which is also the least traditional. I've now been three times and have a well-formed opinion, so here we go. Bone Daddies feels like it should be in NYC's East Village, not London. It's got a rock soundtrack, unshaven tattooed staff and huge glasses of beer (Asahi Super Creamy Head, only place I've found it in London). Barely a piece of kanji script in sight. And yet it's probably the most authentic ramen I've tried outside of the US and Japan. First time I opted for their fried chicken, which is packed full of sweet gingery flavour, perfectly breaded (panko-based?) and not too greasy at all. For mains, the Sweet 3 Miso chicken ramen, with lashings of butter, corn, wakame (seaweed) and a chicken-bone broth as opposed to their fattier, more savoury pork broth. As it says on the menu, it's quite a sweet affair, reminding me a little of a good butter chicken curry, albeit with a little more balance of flavours. Great, distinctive stuff. On the second visit I opted for the tonkotsu pork broth base, cooked for 20 hours until it's intensely porky and satisfying. A much simpler style of ramen, slightly less filling and a little less generous on the cha siu than I'd like, but very tasty all the same. Rounded off by an "Unnamed" cocktail, which is probably one of the best Japanese whisky-based concoctions I've had.

Dazza V
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Very much like the US Momofuku chain ramen... westernised but flavoursome all the same. A very 'sceney' sort of restaurant. The music could do with turning down a bit - having to shout across the table to someone a foot away from you is a bit annoying. But i would go back for sure. PS - the pipette of fat is unnecessary - the broth is rich and thick enough!

Georgina Hughes
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Fantastic little ramen joint in Soho. Atmosphere on a Thursday night was fantastic. Two of us arrived at about 1830 and were seated immediately. Parties of four or more were having to queue though. The ramen were awesome, cocktails strong, and sides divine. The variety of flavours to come from the pickles was astounding. The fruity carrot and pear(?) pickles were my favourite. Simple room temperature broccoli with an interesting horseradish-esque dip tasted as broccoli has never tasted before. We both had the Tonkotsu ramen mentioned above and found it delicious. The flavours were deep and complex. We ordered an extra topping of 'corn' (maize) which was clearly freshly cut off the cob after being grilled and added a nice extra bite to the dish. I had an Unnamed cocktail, which is whiskey based. It had a long syrupy taste and packed one hell of a punch on the way down. My partner had the Flavoured Sake of the Week (pineapple) which came in the most interesting decanter. The staff were very friendly and attentive. I shall be visiting again, and recommending to everyone I know.

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Pretty tasty ramen. Still not as good as in Japan, but the best I have found so far in London (Tonkontsu, Ittenbari included). Tantanmen, tsukemen (dipping ramen), shio and shoyu are all very decent. The nihonshu is reaaaally bad though (but really cheap so what else can you expect!) .

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