ForEast London’s Manga enthusiasts, Comme Des Garcons wearers, Yayoi Kusama fans and Nintendo players, popular Soho Ramen joint Tonkotsu has finally opened it’s doors in Haggerston’s railway arches just off Kingsland Road.
Armed with a traditional noodle-making machine, kick-ass flour sourced from a specialist mill in Oxford, specially filtered, alkaline-salted water and an obsession to detail, we think Tonkotsu has really fine-tuned the art of Ramen. Tonkotsu Ramen’s smooth, silky consistency is achieved by cooking pork bones for up to 18 hours, which allows collagen and other porky goodness to be emulsified into the stock. As their website suggests, ” You’ll find that devouring your bowl of ramen using the traditional Japanese method of slurping will make it a highly pleasurable experience” – we agree.
Oh, did we mention the super kawaii bar? Beer and Ramen are perfect together and Tonkotsu have sourced some bold and interesting brews from the UK, along with Japan’s Asahi, Kirin and Sapporo. If you’re not a beer drinker, fear not! The endless list of Japanese inspired cocktails and Sake is sure to send you on your way to the nearest Karaoke bar. Our favourite was the Pale Geisha – a refreshing blend of Martin Miller Gin, Sake, Lychee and Mint.
So if you don’t feel like heading to the land of the rising sun, magnetic art, haute couture floristry, robotics and anime for your noodles…Tonkotsu East is where it’s at!
Tonkotsu East, Arch 334, 1A Dunston St, E8 4EB