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Bone Daddies

Restaurants, Japanese Kensington
4 out of 5 stars
(15user reviews)
Bone Daddies

Time Out says

The second branch of Soho ramen bar, Bone Daddies

You'll find this branch of the popular Soho ramen bar in the Whole Foods Market on Kensington High Street. It's the second Bone Daddies joint, though Flesh & Buns and Old Compton Street's Shakfuyu are from the same stable. 

It's mostly about the ramen here, with pork bone broth tonkotsus alongside chicken bone broth tantanmens, spicy miso ramens, kimchee ramens, curry ramens, mushroom ramens and the T22 - a chicken bone broth ramen with soy, onion, chicken and cock scratchings. They're bits of crunchy chicken skin, by the way.

Outside of the noodles there are croquettes of chashu pork, jalapeno and cheese, various sashimi, soft shell crab with a green chilli ginger sauce, a couple of gyoza and fried chicken steamed buns. Drinks include a few wines, sake, shochu, Japanese whiskies, cocktails and Asahi on draught. 

Bone Daddies says
Bone Daddies Kensington is an honest homage to the casual dining options found in Japan. Inspired by the authentic flavours and feel of ramen bars, it offers a wide range of ramen and a selection of bun dishes from sister restaurant Flesh & Buns, as well as great cocktails and Japanese whiskies.

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Address: The Barkers Building
63-97 Kensington High Street
London
W8 5SE
Transport: Tube: High Street Kensington
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Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11am-9.30pm; Sun noon-5.30pm
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4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

3.9 / 5

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Really dissapointed...

We purchased a black card to use at restaurants like Bone Daddies, we travelled over to high Street Ken specifically to go to bone daddies and they said they do not accept time put black card on a Friday. After showing the staff that it states on the website she asked her manager (staff polite). Her manager was clearly not happy, looked annoyed that she was being challenged and we felt as if we were being totally unreasonable to ask to use the card... Which we paid for!

Won't be back to bone daddies after this and to be honest don't feel like it's worth becoming a member of timeout black if you are to be made to feel like that...


Loved my ramen. Hated the customer service. I had to get up several times to do the job of the staff members ( we were not given any cutlery to eat our ramen with, so had to search the restaurant myself for cutlery).

Signalled politely several times to a staff member. Was completely ignored (even though the restaurant was not busy). Kitchen staff saw me signalling for over 15 minutes, yet did not attempt to alert the waiting staff once (but they were ok to chat with them so unprofessionally in front of customers). So, so rude.

Also, ordered a lot of starters (some of which came to our table almost cold) which came altogether with the large mains. When I asked the waitress why it had all come together and that no one had informed us upon making our order that starters and mains came together at this restaurant (most restaurants across the UK inform their customers when making an order that all orders come together - if that is the restaurants policy), rudely didn't think she had to address the situation, mumbled something and then walked off. I signalled for the waitress to come back to the table to address the situation, after 10 minutes she finally came back. Neither myself or anyone else on the table wanted the starters anymore after such rude behaviour, not to mention that most of the starters which were meant to be hot, came to us cold.

How are customers meant to enjoy their large hot mains if they're meant to also tackle, what was meant to be hot starters, if they're already cold?

Such shocking behaviour! Being a fan of 'Bone Daddies' having visited the other branch in central London, the service received at the Kensington branch was extremely below average to say the least. I would suggest training your staff on how to deal with a variety of different customers issues. Also, when you see that a customer is extremely unwell, you don't just stand around the (empty) restaurant watching them as they try to search for cutlery, after they've signalled to you for over 10 minutes because you didn't offer any cutlery when delivering the food to the table.

As much as I adore WholeFoods, we most certainly will not be re-visiting this branch of 'Bone Daddies'.

Tastemaker

I was kind of surprised to find Bone Daddies High Street Kensington located in the Whole Foods food court. Granted, it's in Whole Foods so it's pretty fancy but it's still a food court. 

There are a variety of starters on the menu and for mains there are about 12 types of ramen. We had smashed cucumber, a broccoli spring roll and edamame to start. They were out of gyoza on our visit. For mains I had the mushroom ramen and my boyfriend had the anchovy ramen. As a vegetarian I appreciated having three mains to choose from and about five starters. Some of the toppings on my ramen were cold - I'm not sure if this is how they're normally served but I found that it brought the temperature of the broth right down. The food was all quite good but didn't really meet the expectations I had from past experiences at Shackfuyu, which is owned by the same people. 

The food all came out really quickly but the service was a bit patchy - we had to ask a couple of times for water. I did like the touches they had on the table though - there was pickled garlic with a garlic press, sesame seeds, a few sauces, and even bibs which came in handy for keeping the broth off your shirt! And best of all, the Timeout Black card gets you half off food on weekdays, so we payed £25 for a beer, three starters and two ramen. 


I'm a long time Bone Daddies fan already, but when you factor in the discount with your Time Out Black membership it's impossible to say no. The menu is already great value, but £5 or so for a bowl of ramen this quality is ridiculous. A great lunch stop off when you're in the area, and discount can be applied for up to three others if you're in a small group. Highly recommended, as always!

Tastemaker

Ramen Bars from Bone Daddies is very popular and it’s easy to see why - it’s very, very good and nothing like the cheap instant ramen noodles that helped you through uni.


This particular branch on High Street Kensington can be a little tricky to find. It occupies a space in the Whole Foods Market. Luckily, the path to the restaurant is well signposted so you shouldn’t get lost finding it.


Brand new on the list is the anchovy tonkatsu ramen. While I’m no foodie, I think those who have tried this bowl of deliciousness will agree that the 20-hour pork bone broth and golf-ball sized fried tonkatsu alone could fill even Londoners with the biggest appetite. Don' be fooled by the picture below. Buried undeath are quantities of soft noodle. If you’re looking to ramp it up to suit your taste, then you can add chilli oil, crushed garlic or more liberal sprinkling of crushed sesame seed at the table, or simply order more toppings


Outside the noodles are the usual Japanese side dishes including gyoza, Korean fried chicken and pork buns. In honesty, they aren’t the best of values given the small number of pieces that you get. Spend the extra few quid on extra toppings if you're famished.


It is a very casual place with so don’t book a table here if you’re looking to impress, taking a date. This place is perfect for a group of friends, or the place to refuel after a day exploring Kensington.


Reasonably priced, packed full of flavour and plentiful, Bone Daddies is an awesome Ramen Bar and definitely beats that instant noodles you’ve been eating.

tastemaker

The place definitely lives up to all the hype. I went to the one near Old St tube station. Had to wait ten minutes before I got a table but it was worth it. Best damn Ramen I've had in a long time and omg, let's not mention the wings. Three words: to die for. 


Ramen is a common comfort food, re-kindling memories of student hall kitchens, oblongs of dried noodles and sachets of MSG. London has come a long way from that kind of ramen thankfully.

So ramen specialists, Bone Daddies, have been highly successful and are almost a mini-chain in London. Can their standards be maintained? LFM is glad to report that the ramen served in the High St Kensington branch is spot on. The 20 hour pork broth was rich and luscious. The cherry on the top, or in this case, a deep fried soft shell crab, perfected the dish. LFM also sampled the Korean deep fried chicken wings starter which was satisfying and tasty although we’ve had better elsewhere with a less ‘industrial’ taste.

The restaurant is based in the top floor food court of Whole Foods which gives it a rather casual vibe. This is perfect for bringing the little ones with high chairs available and plenty of room for buggies. Nice (and slightly odd) touches were the additions on the table of bibs, hair ties and garlic crushers.

Extremely happy with this opening in SW London and hurrah, no need to trek into central London with the bulky buggy for that ramen fix. https://londonfoodiemama.wordpress.com/

Tastemaker

Hands down the best ramen in town - my favourite being the special of tender pork cheeks with pak choi and 20 hour bone broth. Sides of kimchi, pickles and extra pipettes of fat or cock scratchings are also recommended. I also like their array of virgin and alcoholic cocktails and slushies.

Most of the dishes can be a little bit salty but on the plus, what other restaurant provides you with bibs and hair ties? A clear sign that these people know how to eat. 


This was my first time to Bone Daddies and everything I've heard about this spot is true: it does some seriously fab ramen. A gorgeous bowl of soy ramen was tasty, and had I clocked it was going to be so generous, I might have passed on the bowl of fried chicken I also ordered, as wonderful as it was (I just wasn't that hungry). It was a touch pricey for everything, including service, too, but it's worth it for the quality alone. 

Tastemaker

I've been to a Bone Daddies before and tried their classic tonkotsu ramen, which was utterly delicious! 


I went again recently to this branch in Kensington and was actually left a little disappointed after trying some of the other menu items. A friend had their chicken ramen and i tried their friend chicken buns, which were both just average. A shame the rest of their menu can't match up to the high standard of their tonkotsu ramen, and I would recommend just sticking to that!


Still, 4 stars overall just for their ramen!  

Tastemaker

My tip? Go on a Sunday lunchtime and skip the usual two hour queue! I'm no ramen expert but the steaming bowls of noodles were delicious, and the little slices of ice cream to finish were utterly delicious and the perfect sweet touch. ANother bonus- our waitress was super friendly. There aren't many places to find good restaurant food for under £15 in London so this stands out. 

Tastemaker

Bone Daddies is the best Ramen I have had in London. I never found Ramen that exciting but when a friend introduced me to Bone Daddies I was sold. There are about 10 different versions to choose from with different broths as the base and topics to go with them. You can also add on other toppings if you like. Make sure you press in some extra garlic if that's your thing - so delicious! 

Tastemaker

We went earlyish on a weekday and so didn't have to queue. Incredibly flavoursome ramen - I went for TANTANMEN 2, and a few of the starters to share. Good value and so will deffo go back.


I would queue for hours for this place, and sometimes that's required (ok... maybe hours is an exaggeration but this is Soho after all). But I would, because I love it. I wasn't fussed on ramen before I visited here but now I find myself slightly obsessed and looking for any opportunity to visit. Just go. Or wait and go to the new one in Old Street when it opens ( I wanna say end of 2015?).

Tastemaker

After living in Japan for a year, I became addicted to what I consider one of the best foods you can find there: RAMEN. It's warm, filling, busting of flavous - it usually includes noodles, pork meat, egg and various kinds of vegetables according to the kind, cooked in a rich broth - and it's also one of Japaneses' favourite hangover remedies. 


When I moved back to Europe I struggled finding something that would even just remind me of this amazing delicacy...until I tried Bone Daddies. Definitely the best ramen you can have in London. Not as cheap as in Japan (you can have a big bowl for about £3) but it's worth the money and the queue (beware if you go there in peak times, you may have to wait).


Another cute plus: they provide you with rubber bands for your hair (veeery much appreciated by long-haired foodies like me!) and if you want to feel the spirit even more, you can wear one of the traditional headbands. Subarashii!


My pick: Tantanmen (Taiwanese style, VERY hot, with peanuts and other amazing things floating around) and you won't go wrong ;)

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