Sticks & Broth
Time Out says
A smattering of other Japanese dishes feature, but the rich tonkotsu ramen is the real reason to visit. Try the express menu for a cheap, but quality, lunch
It’s not always easy to locate a decent bowl of ramen on British shores – which is why Sticks & Broth is such a welcome find. The menu’s list of classical dishes and modern fusion, alongside a great drink selection and popular lunchtime special, means you can experience some of the best British ramen for under a tenner.
Opened as a joint venture between the owners of Thai Kitchen (formerly of the Fish Market) and the fantastic Baowow, Sticks & Broth is a yakitori and ramen bar with 24-hour tonkotsu (pork bone) broth providing the base for a number of delicious dishes.
If you’re visiting for lunch, then the £6.50 Tokyo Express menu, which allows you the option of ramen or donburi (rice bowl), is an affordable option. The house ramen is tremendous – smokey, rich brisket sits atop rocket, grilled corn, noodles and a soft boiled egg soaked in soy sauce, all surrounded by a beautifully subtle pork bone broth. The garlic cloves and crusher that sit on each table as a simple condiment mean you can apply some explosive flavour to a subtle dish.
A fine selection of beers, ales, wines and spirits are available should your budget permit. There’s no sake as yet, but plans are afoot to add it to the list.