Trying something new…

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At the moment I’m feeling a little bit overwhelmed by life in general. My weekends are booking up so fasssst I feel I’ve lost control over my diary and that this year will be over before I know it! So, to maybe gain some control over at least the blog, I want to take some time to update it on a more regular basis and to do that in an easier way, I will mix recipes and restaurant reviews with posts about my every day life.

I love cooking as much as before, but when life is hectic I don’t always allow myself to take the time to cook something exciting for dinner, instead I fall back on some of my tried and tested recipes that I know are quick and satisfying. So boring, I know, but right now that works for me.

The days when I have time to cook for friends or experiment in the kitchen I cherish it, but I don’t want to feel like I have to cook just to fill this blog (well there is a back log of recipes coming your way so don’t fear!), instead I need something that’s easy to write about every week.

It will be a mixture of what I do (and eat!), want to cook if I have the time etc. A little bit more personal but also (a lot) more regular.

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This week for example, I had a yuzu mojito (yum!), chicken bao and ramen at Shoryu, and although lovely, and such a nice catch-up with my friend Laura, I still prefer Bone Daddies for ramen. So it’s pretty exciting news that they’ve opened a branch near Victoria!

It’s in fact next door to Rail House Café where I had an impromptu brunch (eggs benedict, chips and prosecco) on Saturday. This new development by Victoria is so convenient for me, I often meet up with friends there. It’s usually busy, but not so busy that you always have to book in advance, which is great for those impromptu get-togethers.

See you next week!

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Lunch at Bone Daddies Ramen Bar, Soho

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Last week I dragged my colleague Max through Soho to try Bone Daddies Ramen Bar. We try to go out for lunch at least once a month and try different places within walking distance to the office as there is so many nice places all around us. The benefit of working in Central London.

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On a small Soho side street, not far from the gay bars, you find this little Japanese ramen bar. Max immediately commented on the vibe of the place, and it is a bit hipster with a cool wall painting, loud music, tables with stools and a young crowd, but you still don’t feel out of place if you’re not hipster (like us).

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The menu is quite sparse with just a few snacks to share and different types of ramen, but I like when a place does that; focus on perfecting a few dishes instead of having a sprawling menu.

We shared two of the snacks. Amazing soft shell crab with a lovely tangy dip and fried chicken that was even better. The chicken was crisp on the outside without a hint of grease and utterly succulent and tender in the middle. Divine!

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I had the tonkotsu ramen as my main and received a huge bowl of pork broth with noodles, bamboo, pork meat, tea stained eggs with amazing creamy yolk and peanuts. One part of the bowl had the nuts and the other side the fried pork mince so you got two very different flavours in the same bowl – loved that. And the eggs were stunning with the utterly creamy yolk. It was incredibly rich though, and I could barely finish half the bowl.

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Max’s tantanmen, also with pork was a lot milder in flavour and not as filling, so I have to try that next time. It was also served with the amazing eggs, spring onion and fried onion. bd2

With homemade soft serve icecream there is no need for any other puds. This one with yuzu was delicious after the warm (and in my case; spicy) noodles.

Bone Daddies Ramen Bar, 31 Peter Street, London W1F 0AR