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Tokyo has some 4,000 ramen-ya and London has barely more than a handful but, thanks to Tonkotsu, authentic ramen noodles are having a moment. This pint-sized joint has only a sliver of space on Dean Street to play with, so it has gone for a true Tokyo-meets-Soho experience (cramped surrounds, hard seats, no frills, no bookings and a minimal menu) – although the latter is what the customers really care about. The kitchen takes a few things and does them very well – from assorted takes on ramen involving pork belly, smoked haddock et al to perky handmade gyoza and a handful of sides including crunchy chicken karaage. Noodles and beer are happy bedfellows, so the drinks list focuses on hip craft brews and oriental imports – although you can also sip saké, shochu and Japanese whiskey too.
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Tonkotsu Soho

63 Dean Street ,London W1D 4QG

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by   bronze reviewer (5)

May 2013

So after attempting to try the highly acclaimed Ramen and in house made noodles at Tonkotsu numerous amounts of times, seeing the queue (just let me book will you?!), turning and walking off to find another suitable restaurant, I finally made it through the door. I decided to have a lettuce leaf for my lunch, which allowed me to head straight to the restaurant after finishing in the office in the hope of getting a seat, which I did. A plank of wood, a rulers length wide and a chair facing the wall....

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 5
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 8

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Tonkotsu Soho

63 Dean Street ,London W1D 4QG

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by   platinum reviewer (85)

Nov 2012

In essence, it's simple. Pick your base stock and key ingredient, add extra noodles or soft boiled egg if you will and serve. This simplicity is what for some can elevate the humble ramen noodle dish to an art form. Here the soft egg was burnished bronze perfection, lightly gelatinous white leaking golden savoury depth into the clear stock, thickening and enriching almost like butter. The noodles were perfectly cooked with a slight snap to them (though I'm no expert on the subject) and sank into...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 6

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Tonkotsu Soho

63 Dean Street ,London W1D 4QG

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Aug 2012

Hey what happened to your noodle? I mean noodle. Not soup. I discovered Tonkotsu a month ago (when I decided I just didn't want to queue to get into Koya) and was extremely pleased. It was like eating Tonkotsu Ramen in Japan. Actually better than the ones I've ever had. The soup was rich, thick, silky and tasty. Boiled egg was cooked perfectly in soy sauce. The noodle they used was a straight, ocher coloured one and cooked al dente. Finally, a decent ramen joint in London! …so I thought. I went...

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  • Food & Drink: 6
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 8

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    New Yorker Meets London :: Top Ramen Noodles in London | New Yorker Meets London

    I discovered Tonkotsu during a rainy cold winter day in Soho seeking refuge as I frankly ran around looking for restaurant spots on a popular Saturday evening with SA. We were both starving and started sniffing the wonderful broth aroma seeping out of the half open door of Tonkotsu.

    Inside, the diligent Japanese cook wrapped a black headscarf around his forehead, and he is surrounded by slowly pots boiling away, while steaming up the window looking out into the street. As I was told by the proud restaurant hostess, their famous ramen broth is made by simmering pork bones slowly for two days, the marrow from...
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    Half a Slice of Toast :: Half a Slice of Toast | Tonkotsu

    I’ve raved about my love of ramen before, so it’s no surprise I’d be be on the look out for other ramen restaurants to sample. A favourite of mine is Tonkotsu on Dean Street. It’s a compact restaurant with limited seating and their ramen is deliciously good so queues are the norm. They make their ramen fresh on-site with their very own noodle making machine, which you can see through the shop window as you walk in. I’ve been a couple of times before. Their signature tonkotsu has a rich, deep, fatty broth and the noodles are silky with a good bite; exactly what you’d expect from freshly made noodles. So good!!...
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    Ramblings of a Food Addict :: Tonkotsu - A Poor Man's Ramen | Ramblings of a Food Addict

    After visiting Bone Daddies again in March, I wanted to try a new ramen joint since they now seem to be everywhere in London. Tonkotsu is also based in Soho and a 3 minute walk from Bone Daddies. As tempting as it was to visit my favourite ramen haunt, we decided to stick to our original plan and try something different...
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    A Girl Has to Eat - Restaurant Reviews & Food Guide :: A Girl has to Eat: Tonkotsu

    Tonkotsu on Dean Street specialises in ramen noodles, the tonkotsu kind from which it derives its name. Tonkotsu ramen hails from Kyushu, the most south-western of all Japan’s main islands. Tonkotsu ramen is distinctive as it is made using a pork bone broth, typically cooked for about 16 hours which gives it a rich creamy flavour and is distinct to the miso and soy broth based varieties.
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Essential Details for Tonkotsu Soho

  • Address: 63 Dean Street, London W1D 4QG
  • Telephone: 020 7437 0071
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  • Opening Times: Mon-Thurs 12N-3pm 5-10.30pm Fri-Sun 12N-10.30pm (Sun -10pm)
  • Cuisine: Japanese
  • Area: Soho
  • Price: £34
  • Wine: £16.00
  • Champagne: £48.00

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