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Bone Daddies

Restaurants, Japanese Victoria
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Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

A branch of the popular ramen chain at Nova, Victoria’s foodie development.

Just as you’d expect from a branch of this hip Japanese chain, the rock ’n’ roll music at BD Victoria is loud and the atmosphere is informal. The space is dotted with ceiling lamps that give it a moody feel while the exposed ceiling ducts give it an industrial edge. Communal wooden tables and low stools – some made out of beer kegs – mean you sit side by side with strangers.

As the restaurant’s name is inspired by the rich bone broth that makes up most ramen recipes, unsurprisingly a third of the menu is dedicated to the dish itself, but other items caught my eye too, from poké and sushi to chicken wings and buns.

The sticky braised pork belly that spilled out of a handmade steamed bao was meaty, indulgent, and perfectly complemented by the kimchi mayo and pickled carrot tucked in beside it. Also good – and good-looking – were the five spice-laced tuna and avocado maki rolls.

Order the tantanmen ramen (thick Chinese-style wheat noodles) with mushroom broth and you’ll be given a plastic bib to catch any splashback: a nice touch. Unfortunately the base itself was one-dimensional, with no flavour apart from a spice kick that will leave you sweating. Chicken katsu curry, served in a deep bowl, wasn’t the easiest to eat, while unflatteringly large chunks of carrot and potato were buried in the sauce.

But Bone Daddies pulled it back with desert: there was just one option – those funny mochi balls, where a tiny scoop of ice cream is wrapped in a chewy rice paper. Biting into this felt a bit like eating an eyeball. In a delicious way. BD Victoria might be flawed, but it’s still fun.

By: Kavi Shah

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Address: Unit 3-5
3 Sir Milton Square
Victoria
London
SW1E 5DJ
Transport: Victoria
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £60.
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tastemaker

When I first came to London almost 5 years ago, Bone Daddies exploded onto the scene with their ramen. Now, years later, it’s nice to see that they’ve diversified their portfolio with some interesting additions to the menu.


What we had: 

* Salmon chilli lime soy, shiso, edamame poké bowl

* Crispy Duck Aburamen (no broth) with pickled Padron peppers, roast corn & duck fat

* Kani Tonkotsu with charred pork belly, softshell crab, chilli, kale & black sesame


The Bone Daddies Group does contemporary Japanese inspired food pretty well for that quick, cheap and cheerful and tasty bite. The only restaurant part of the Bone Daddies Group that didn’t impress me all that much was Shack-fuyu given the price point (Flesh & Bun is a solid four stars). The salmon poké bowl my friend had, got the thumbs up - full of flavour, colour, texture, good portion size and most importantly when it comes to poké bowls, a good ratio of rice to ingredients. (a pet peeve is when it's just all rice!) My Crispy Duck Aburamen was tasty but very oily and heavy. It could probably do with some acidity to cut through the heaviness of the duck fat but the noodles were al dente and the roast corn sweet, charred and in chunks so you know it’s been cut off the cob. The Kani Tonkotsu was again quite heavy and salty with the black sesame giving that base umami flavour. The soft-shell crab was a little disappointing but overall, a decent bowl of ramen with that classic rich pork bone broth. Service here is as you’d expect, fairly attentive and no complaints there. Won’t say that Bone Daddies is my favourite ramen in London (ahem, Kanada-ya...), but it’s solid and reliable for a catch up with friends and a few cold Asahis.


Tip: Bone Daddies Victoria is in the new Nova Square development surrounded by Victoria Street, Buckingham Palace Road and Bressenden Place.


Good For: catch up with friends, cheap and cheerful, quick meal, pre-theatre meal, casual lunch/ dinner

tastemaker

I visited this branch during its soft launch when food was 50% off so this was a great deal.  The food was good and I have to give a special shout out to the brussels sprouts - amazing!  The service was a little slow at times downstairs, but I know it was very busy.  Go early as the queue went out the door after 6pm.

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