Bone Daddies

Now, before I begin this Ramen Review of Bone Daddies I need to be honest. I have been to Bone Daddies a number of times before visiting to review it and have enjoyed it each time. I also need to point out that I was quite drunk before arriving at Bone Daddies because I left work at 2PM and drank until 7PM (When we sat down to eat).

As I’ve been a number of times previously, I already knew what kind of Ramen I was going to get. Usually when I go, it’s for lunch and I just get Ramen with no starter, but as this is a Ramen Review night out I decided to get a starter too. I ordered the ‘pig bones’ to start, this is the first time I’ve had these but it won’t be the last. They’re beautiful, drenched in a sweet and savoury stick sauce with lots of sesame seeds and some green stuff. The meat melts off the bone and I would have been happy if this was the only thing I ate at Bone Daddies.

My ribs (I ate two before remembering to take a picture)

Matthew opted for the chicken wings. These were also delicious, I had one and thought that, although the bones I chose were a bit nicer, these finished a close second (out of two). They’re a bit spicy, but the crispy skin and sesame seeds mean that the texture is incredible.

Matthew’s wings

This was genuinely enough food, I was already getting full and along came heaven, a bowl of Tantanmen Ramen. A spicy chicken broth, with 1 whole egg (a first in Ramen review, usually you only get half), pork mince, melt in the mouth chashu pork and bok choy. This is perfection.

Heaven in a bowl

More on that egg, like I’ve mentioned previously when in Japan I grew accustomed to my egg being a bit brown. As you can see below, Bone Daddies do their eggs right. They taste delicious with a soft yolk and a tasty white. The noodles themselves are my favourite so far. They aren’t like super noodles, they have a bit of a bite to them and seem to absorb the flavour of the broth.

It’s not the most authentic experience you’ll get, the food is inspired by Japanese food rather than being actual Japanese food. That being said, they give you bibs and hair ties which I saw a lot of in Japan.

I genuinely don’t think there is another place that can beat Bone Daddies. I would eat here for every meal if I could.

I rate Bone Daddies

RAMEN (Top Marks)

AUTHEN (High because of bibs and hair ties, but I didn’t taste anything like this in Japan)


Last week we went to Shoryu Soho the first of our adventure to try as much Ramen in London as possible this year.  On our way home, we decided to walk towards Piccadilly Circus (Matthew wanted a cinnabon).  On the way we walked past some lovely red lanterns and I was drawn back towards them like a cat to a box.  We had a look at the menu and noticed it sold Ramen, along with a lot of other authentic looking Japanese food.  We decided there and then that this would be our next Ramen Review.

We didn’t book a table, and arrived at about 6PM.  It wasn’t too busy so we got a table straight away.  I got there first and so sat alone for 5 minutes taking pictures of things while listening to the authentic Japanese musics (there were two songs on at the same time for extra authenticity).

 

Look at this fancy rabbit, she is beautiful.

Matthew arrived and we looked through the menu, I decided to try the Tako Karaage which is basically deep fried octopus.  Matthew got chicken Gyoza which he got a taste for during our visit to Japan.   I ordered the spicy ramen and Matthew had the Pork Ramen.  We also got a medium cold sake to share.  When the sake arrived, it came with a small starting salad covered in what can only be described as “Yaaaaaas dressing”

Sake and salad with Yaaaas dressing

Sake and salad with Yaaaas dressing

I have only ever had Tako Karrage at Yo Sushi, I didn’t get to try it while in Japan.  This was…similar, but a bit of a mixed bag.  It tastes fresher, and unlike at Yo Sushi, you get tentacles and everything.  Some of the pieces were delicious, and the texture was incredible, while others were so chewy that I felt like I was losing weight while chewing.

Toku Karage (Deep fried octopus)

Toku Karage

Matthew’s chicken gyoza was decent, I had one of them and can safely say they are a safe choice with little reward, but little risk.

Safe Gyoza

Safe Gyoza

Within 5 minutes of finishing our starters, our Ramen came.  These Ramen looked proper authentic with one exception.  THAT EGG, it’s just a boiled egg cut in half.  This is not what I came to expect from Ramen, I expect a sort of brown egg with a medium-soft yolk.  I was disappointed immediately before even tasting the broth.

Spicy Ramen with the boring egg

Spicy Ramen with the boring egg

I then tasted the broth, it was delicious…I can forgive the egg, but I won’t forget the egg.

This thing tasted really good though, it was just spicy enough without being off putting.  The noodles were cooked to perfection, but not my favourite type of noodle (slightly too super noodles like for me) and the greens were just like Japan.  The pork was decent, but not a highlight. The egg was awful and I was right to be disappointed.

Matthew drinking Sake

Matthew drinking Sake

Matthew had the pork Ramen, we think… He ordered it, and it had Pork in it, but the lady kept calling if beef so we’re not entirely sure.  He wasn’t as impressed with his Ramen, and after tasting it I can understand why, it’s as a bit bland in comparison to mine, but it was very similar in taste to several places we had ramen in when we visited Japan so I think it was pretty authentic.

Matthew's Pork or Beef Ramen

Matthew’s Pork or Beef Ramen

I am using the word authentic a lot.  I have had better everything from other places I’ve been to, but this was probably the most authentic Japanese experience you can get if you’re looking for the type of food you get when you’re in a village near a temple a few miles out of Kyoto, because this is the type of food you get.

When we asked for the receipt it came promptly with a slice of orange!

Receipt and Orange slice

Look, an orange slice!

We are trying Ramen, and Ramen was only one of the many dishes that Lingo serve.  I would love to go back and try one of their platters and see how that compares.

Dat menu doe

 

After visiting Lingo, I have decided that I need to change my rating system.  I can’t just talk about how good the Ramen is, there’s more to it than that.  So there are now two ratings, I have gone back to my previous review of Shoryu and updated that.

I rate Lingo

RA (out of RAMEN)
AUTHENT (out of AUTHENTIC)

Matthew decided to make some tough new years resolutions including trying Timeouts top Ramen places in London.  To help him through this difficult time, I have decided to join him on this edeaver.  We went to Japan in 2015 and had some of the best Ramen ever and are now seeing if London can compete.

The first place we went to was Shoryu in Soho.

Matthew outside Shoryu in Soho

We started with a steamed bun each, I had the Prawn version while Matthew decided to opt for Chicken.  Matthew was definitely a better judge of steamed bun, as although I was happy with mine after the first bite, I quickly suggested having half each after seeing his face after his first bite.  I was pretty happy with our decision to share as the chicken one was pretty much the best.  Matthew was so happy he declared that the sauce was good enough to eat off the counter (while eating some spilt sauce from the bun from the counter).

We aren’t here for the Steamed buns though, we’re here to talk about the Ramen.

Matthew went for the Dracula Tonkotsu, and I went for the Karaka Tan Tan Tonkotsu, both cost £12.50 and are decent portions.

The Karaka Tan Tan Tonkotsu is spicy and comes with a minced pork rather than with char siu BBQ pork which is a shame, because when I was in Japan, I had pretty much the same style of Ramen with the pork included for less money. First taste of the Ramen and I am hit with salt, it tastes very salty, but then the rest of the flavours kick in and you’re left with a decent, if not spectacular Spicy Ramen flavour.  One thing I was disappointed with was the egg, you only get 1 half an egg and it doesn’t seem to be the sort of tea stained boiled egg you get in Japan (They use soy sauce and other things to give the white of the egg flavour).

Just one half an egg, and it’s white.

The Dracula Tonkotsu is quite delicious with a super strong flavour of garlic (hence the name).  It comes with the char siu that my Ramen lacked and the same half an egg, it also comes topped with ‘garlic chips’.   If I could go again, I would go with this Ramen, and remember to bring my toothbrush for afters.

Didn’t quite finish mine

In addition to the food, we also had cocktails.  Matthew had the Fuyu Lemon, which is basically lemon and ginger loveliness.  I had the Matcha Detox (no alcohol) which was really nice and included matcha green tea powder.

Overall, I would Rate Shoryu

RAM (Out of RAMEN)

 

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Here are the 5 things about the game that I think.

1. The single player experience is just that, an experience.  It’s rare a game gives you the feels while still being fun to play.  I was genuinely close to tears within 5 minutes, I was hungover and cry at most things while hungover though.

2. The game is gorgeous, the engine used in Battlefield is the same as the one used in Star Wars Battlefront and is equally stunning, and in some places even better.
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3. It’s not as realistic as I thought it would be.  Your health recharges, you have a lot of automatic / semi automatic weapons that weren’t as common in WW1 (most were bolt action rifles according to wikipedia).

4. The tank section is just incredible, you feel like you’re in the film Fury but with an older tank in a different war.

5. Just buy it.  There’s no reason not to.  You can get it on PC from CDKeys for only £35.99

http://www.cdkeys.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=battlefield+1

 

itunes

In this episode we venture into travel podcasting by telling you all about our trip to Japan, our investigator investigates the disappearance of Shania Twain and Matthew invents a movie “quiz”.

So let’s talk about Japan guys. It’s literally amazting. It’s the most incredible place that either of us have been. But c’mon, it’s 2016, I can’t describe how good it is in words, and even though it’s a delight even our podcast doesn’t do Japan as much justice as this collection of gifs.

Exhibit 1 – The locals

This is girl group AKB48...because there are actually 48 members of the band

This is girl group AKB48…because there are actually 48 members of the band

Exhibit B – The sporting events

This is cute guys waddling...watch our #Rio2016

This is cute guys waddling…watch out #Rio2016

Exhibit 4 – The respect for nature

language

Next Exhibit – Nature’s respect for you

Final Exhibit – The food!

Still got no idea what the white and pink swirly thing is!

Still got no idea what the white and pink swirly thing is!

So yeah, see, Japan it totes amaze, or sick, or groovy or some other slang word meaning really bloody brilliant.

In the next episode, we’ll have more Freakin Fast Film Fun, but until then, we’ll leave you with this thought from our incredible Tea Ceremony

This is the only time we will ever be in this moment.

Deep man.

itunesHello everyone,

We’ve been gone for a few months to rest our voices so we can come back at you like Cleopatra from the 90s.

cleo

In this episode, we talk about what else is back, drunk cinema, caffeine and it’s affects on the body and music from people in the world. Have a listen!

I assume that, having passed the baton to me, Adam’s excitement at being a travel blogger has gone the same way as his baking obsession (which lasted two weeks) and his Nutribullet (four weeks).

Actually Matthew, I still use the Nutribullet for my breakfast I just get up 2 hours before you so you wouldn’t notice.  Also, it’s not my fault that everything I baked tasted like washing up liquid.

However, for you, dear reader, this can only be a good thing.

I take up the blogging on the morning of our second day in Biarritz…

After a sit down shower (the apartment we were in had a sloping ceiling and standing was not an option) we quickly erased all traces that we’d ever been there. Our train from Biarritz to Bordeaux wasn’t until the early afternoon so we arranged to leave our luggage and go for a final explore/ice cream.

I was disappointed that after 10:00 all the nearby café’s already seemed to be closing up for a siesta. Do they even have siesta in France?! So instead, we headed to Biarritz market ‘Les Halles’ in the hope of finding an indulgent patisserie. Several aisles of enormous vegetables and pungent cheese later we continued our search for breakfast.

Market with Matt

With our hunger pangs mounting we found brasserie Le Royalty (http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g187080-d1809240-Reviews-Le_Royalty-Biarritz_Basque_Country_Pyrenees_Atlantiques_Aquitaine.html) where we picked up petit dejuner of bread, croissants, preserves, OJ and hot drink for 7€. Just around the corner we found Maison Adam (http://www.maisonadam.fr/boutique-en-ligne/), and you can imagine the squeals of excitement that he’s supressing in this picture.

Maison Adam

We had a couple of hours to kill, and wanted to soak up as much of the incredible view as we could, so headed back to the beach and headed north. There was a lighthouse in the mid distance, and before we knew it, we were climbing steps to get to its base.

Lighthouse in Biarritz

Stopping briefly to watch what Adam said was ‘a poor blind woman thinking she’s fishing’

Blind woman fishing

The view from there was good, but somehow not quite as breath-taking looking back at the bay as it was looking out from it. We grabbed a quick drink (Adam: Water, Matt: Fresh OJ) and tried our luck with the giant sundial…which thought it was 3 in the afternoon in November.

Still a great view

Adam also got excited on seeing a quintessentially French looking guy in a beret.

FRENCH MAN

FRENCH MAN

As we made our way back to collect our luggage we stopped in for another ice cream. After some time Adam emerged from Dodin (http://www.dodin.eu/) with two ice creams and having ‘educated’ the French on grapefruits. A quick beer later and we were on the road again.

Having watched 3 series of The Amazing Race before our travels, I got super excited every time we got on a new mode of transport! The bus to Biarritz train station cost 1€ and took us about 25 mins.

Matt wanted this image for some reason

Matt wanted this image for some reason

We arrived about an hour before our train, but with enough time to book our tickets and eat lunch. I had a steak which was still mooing, but despite my reservations I ate it, and was pleasantly surprised.

Our train was BUSY, thankfully we had reserved seats. I made some good headway through my book (Five People You Meet In Heaven – 3 stars) and Adam went through the photos to determine which ones were publishable.

Arriving in Bordeaux was the first time that my meticulous planning let us down. Following a fair amount of UK-based stress (hiring a car without a credit card is tricky) and several laps of the station we failed to find the car hire office. It turns out it’s a good 15 minute walk from the station in a sketchy area. Despite having booked over the phone with Avis before leaving, the car hire lady bamboozled me with additional charges, deposits, insurance uplifts and other things. I’d like to tell you how much the car hire cost, but frankly I don’t know!

Driving in central Bordeaux is NOT recommended. Pedestrians have no regard for the road, likewise for bikes, and most of the other motorists. Add to that rush hour traffic, narrow 18th century cobbeled streets and a backwards car and it’s an understatement to say that I was a bit stressed.

We found a secure car park (Place Camille Julian, not exactly a bargain at 19€ per day, but it was largely our fault for booking a car for what was essentially a city break!). We collected the AirBnB keys and entered the property. After hanging out in a dark, damp tunnel which smelled strongly of fish trying to figure out which apartment we needed, we eventually realised we were in the wrong building, on the wrong street!

Scary Alley

Once we finally found our digs we dumped our stuff and took a moment to recover from the stress of the whole situation.

We had a quick walk around the local area we decided to take dinner at Le Chaudon, largely because it looked like the sort of restaurant that Carrie Bradshaw would casually hang out in. On reflection she’d probably stretch a little further than 19€ for a three course meal, and I wouldn’t blame her.

We retired to the apartment to devise a plan for the following day.