Tonkotsu Bar and Ramen @ Soho

To the dedicated Ramen Chefs of Tonkotsu,

You guys really took me by surprise. When I entered the restaurant, I saw the open kitchen where the Ramen chefs were. And guess what, you guys are all caucasians! I’ve eaten loads of ramen in my life, but I’ve never seen Ramen chefs that are caucasians before. Usually, they are Japanese?

So that’s surprise number 1.


Surprise number 2: Could it be true that since caucasian ramen chefs are rarer, it makes wages higher and hence the cost is borne by consumers?? The prices are really really not very cheap for a casual dining, relative to my knowledge of ramen prices in Asia. But yes, in London, I believe its normal.

Surprise 3: Surprise, surprise, surprise, so caucasian Ramen Chefs are as good as the Japanese ones! The food was great!


I ordered the Tokyo Ramen (picture above) for £10 with additional pork slices for £2.

Tokyo Ramen has a soy sauce soup base with pork and chicken stock.
The noodles were medium thick and topped with mirin  (a kind of rice wine).
Texture of the noodles was just fine, not too hard or soft.

The pork belly was soy marinated. For garnishing, there was half a seasoned soft-boiled egg, menma(Japanese condiment made of bamboo shoots) and spring onions.

The pork belly wasn’t too fattening, which is ideal for calorie-sensitive diners who crave for a healthier version of the unhealthy.

My friend made a better choice though. She ordered the Tonkotsu (£11). The soup base is a broth that has been cooked for 14h. Mind you, FOURTEEN HOURS. The time says the whole story, doesn’t it?

Anyway, Tonkotsu’s broth is made of rich, sea salt-based pork stock. Unlike Tokyo Ramen, Tonkotsu has thin noodles instead.

To end it off, it is topped with slices of melt-in-the-mouth pork belly, half a seasoned soft-boiled egg, menma, bean sprouts and spring onions. Basically, everything that is essential for a good ramen is inside. Oishi!

Kudos to you, Ramen Chefs!



Ramen: £10.00-£11.00
Gyoza: £5.75 (5 gyozas)
Sides: £3.00-£8.00

For the Menu:

Tonkotsu Ramen and Bar (Soho), Tonkotsu (Selfridges), Tonkotsu (East)


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