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)

 

As part of my new year new me blah I have decided to cut down on coffee.

I think the main thing I like about coffee is it is nice with steamed milk and caramel syrup.  I have decided to drink tea whenever I get the craving for a cup of ‘java’ or ‘joe’ or whatever people call coffee when they are a detective in a rubbish film and they’re in a diner.

So far today I have had 7 cups of tea.
teateateateateateatea

I have read quite a lot this month.  So Far, I have read the following.

1) Hard Choices by Hilary Clinton (Audio)
2) Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Duham (Audio)
3) Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill (Reading)
4) Elizabeth is missing  by Emma Healey (Reading)
5) Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (Reading)

I didn’t review ‘Not that kind of girl’ for some reason.  It’s rubbish and made me gain an unreasonable amount of hate for the author.  She is the most self involved person in the world! URGH!

I am currently reading Here’s the story, a book about Marcia Brady from the Brady Bunch.

My beard is still going, I think it has stopped growing.

I managed to get Cluedo: Super Sleuth edition (from the 90s) for £2.99 from ebay.  I remember my mum bought this for roughly £30 back in the day so as an antique it’s a steal.  It was so cheap that I sent the seller a message to confirm they were OK with the sale.  They were (weird!).  I’m going to try and make Matthew and whoever else is in tonight play it with me.

Cluedo Super Sleuth

That’s really all that’s happened i the past week.

WP_20140912_23_36_49_ProSo I am also reviewing this drink which is the second Vodka Sprtiz by Nola which again doesn’t quite ‘lie’ about the calories, but is faking it a bit.  It says 81 calories per 175ml, but there are 250 ml in a can so the total is actually 115 calories per can.  The bastards!

Do you know what elderflower tastes like?  It’s like refreshing sugar.  At least the alcoholic drinks that have ‘Elderflower’ in the description usually taste like this.  It’s not ‘bad’ as such, but it isn’t good either.

It’s like fake refreshing, much like diet coke (which is needed during hangovers in my opinion).  Maybe this will replace diet coke, but with alcohol…no it has calories.

Mylie Cyrus is on tv, but when she had hair.

miley cyrus hair

I guess she still looked crazy with hair

I’m tired, but I’m also really happy that I’m not in work.

I’m going to rate this drink this picture I found when I searched for “elderflower microscope”

random

What a long drink name!
Drinks

Hello everyone, it’s Adam the amazting.

Matt is being all ‘Britney is so pretty’ but only because he keeps skipping her songs that he doesn’t know and I do and I keep going ‘No, I like that one!’ and then sulking.  I know his game!

Anyway, tonight I am reviewing a new drink that Matt bought called ‘Nola Vodka Spritz: Watermelon & Strawberry’
So far, I’m finishing my wine so haven’t actually tasted the drink. What I can say is that the can Is a bit girly and advises how many calories there are per 175ml (79 calories). Why would you say how many calories there are per 175ml when the can is 250ml? Clearly you are trying to fool people into thinking that your drink is only 79 calories when in fact, using maths it is actually… 112.8561429571429 calories per can because the can is 250ml which I already mentioned above. So 112 calories isn’t a good enough tag line is it Nola?

I’m only having half a can as I’m sharing it so it’s all good on the calorie front.

I have opened the can

mmm, it smells really watermelon like, also a hint of strawberry which supports the description.

OMG JoJo came on,

I’ve been waiting all day for ya, babe
So won’t cha come and sit and talk to me
Tell me how we are gonna be together always
Hope you know that when it’s late at night
Hold on to my pillow tight
And think of how you promised me forever

Those are lyrics.

I still haven’t actually tasted it yet.

OK, first sip – YUMMY!

It’s really sweet, but in a way you expect from a fruity drink.  I am pleased with the result of consuming this drink.

Who the fuck is Willa Ford? No rap with vovoder?

what?

Anyway, I rate this drink (which I’ve had half of)

~Watermelon by beyonce.

watermelon

 

The wine
Hello everyone,
It’s that time again, a time when I drink wine and write about it. I’ll be honest, this is the second wine review of this evening, however I’ll be posting this in a few days to generate more interest in my amazing ramblings.

meryl rabbi

Evidence

Now I’m wathing Angels in America with Matt who is screaming at every US landmark he has been to. Did you know that Meryl Streep plays a male rabbi in this film?

The first bit of this wine could have been amazing, however I won’t know because it is now on my shirt.
my shirt
After spilling the first bit over me I tasted some wine and it was delicious.  Much better than the first wine.  It tastes like red wine, but not too much like wine unlike some other wines I won’t mention.

In addition to Meryl Streep, this film also has Al Pacino and Emma Thompson and that woman from weeds who is called Mary-Louise Parker.  She goes into a fridge in a bit, but Matt doesn’t know this because he hasn’t seen the film yet.  I have, I saw it a decade ago when it was on Channel 4.  It’s pretty good.

Oh, I just remembered to scan my wine.  It contains around 369 calories per half bottle.  Now I know why I contain more fat than I should.  It’s because wine contains so much calories for a liquid that doesn’t have fizz like coke.

We stopped watching the film because we got a bit too drunk and started recording videos –


end of wine.
I rate this wine, Medium the TV show.
medium-show

Chianti

Hello Everyone,

It’s Adam here again telling you all about a wine I will be drinking this evening.  It’s called Burdizzo Chianti (2010) and is from Asda priced at £9.

OH MY LORD, I scanned it into my calorie app and there is no record how annoying and mysterious.  I have looked up generic Chianti and it’s about 300 calories per half bottle.

On my first sip I found it to be a bit too winey for my liking.  There are notes of sweetness that I don’t really thing suite a red wine.  Oh there’s chocolate notes in it according to the label so I’m right.

They left it in an oak barrel for 2 years, that seems a bit weird.  Isn’t that something you do with jack daniels?

Tonight I am watching Shallow Grave as my boss told me I had to because we’re currently looking for a new housemate.  So far it’s OK.

Currently Ewan McGregor’s character is buying 2 spades.  I have found issue with this as one of these spades looks used. FILMBLUNDER

Urgh, it’s really weirdly sweet what the hell?

1 glass down, it’s starting to taste like wood.  This may be because I corked it when I tried to open the bottle.   Is that the right expression ‘To cork’?  Speaking of, I am heading to Ireland at the end of October with my mum, brother and his girlfriend. I’m flying in to Dublin on the Friday to see some friends and then on Saturday we’re going to Cork to see some family.  See the connection ‘Cork’ = ‘cork’.

Maybe I’ll do a review of Ireland when I’m there, we’ll see.

This film is from the 90’s so everything is weird and young.  I need a wee so BRB as they said in the 90’s on msn messenger.  Oh, did you know that they’re getting rid of MSN messenger this month or next month?  Well it turns out they got rid of it ages ago in the UK and other places and are only just getting around to getting rid of it in the other countries like China I think.  Microsoft who made msn messanger have donated the twitter handle of ‘@messanger’ to Facebook which you’d think was weird unless you knew that Microsoft owns a slice of Facebook. Anyway, off for a wee.

msn

Back, people are mean in this film.  Poor Cameron.  I’m not sure if this is a comedy or a student film or what, it’s a bit shit though.  I’ll be honest, I’m not really watching it because I typed so much about msn messenger.  I’ve also learnt that whenever I type messenger I accidently type messanger – even then.

Put your legs away Ewan!

Unusual for wine, this wine isn’t improving with time, I think the other wine I reviewed was the same…I can’t remember.

I don’t know  if this is a comedy, drama or horror or what.  Has anyone seen it?  Can you tell me what I should think of this film?

The bottle is finished.

I rate this bottle 2 x MS Frontpage 2000
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Me last week

Me last week

Hello everyone,

So I am very unhealthy due to being in a relationship that mainly involves butter. Over the past week I have tried my best to be healthy and I can feel it working already.  I’m tired, irritable and constantly yawning at work.

I have decided, that along with being healthy I would start taking some good multi vitamins and by good, I mean the one that I found the easiest that I understood the words of.

Vits
My daily calorie intake has remained below 1400 every day except Sunday when I have no idea what it was because I had dinner at Lizzie’s house which involved a starter of crisps and dip.  I tried to stick to the carrots, but may have had a few crisps and some chocolate.  Damn it Lizzie!

I am losing weight which is nice, but I’m still grossly unhealthy so hopefully in a few more weeks (before I reach 30 *vom*) I will have lost enough to wear clothes that don’t show every ripple of my skin.

So, I’ll update you all on how I’m doing.

(Since I started being healthy I’m down 8lbs which I expect is mainly water but yeah better than nothing!)

Bye

You lucky folk are getting 2 for 1.  Tonight I am also drinking another half bottle with matthew called Morador Mendoza which if you think about it sounds like a lord of the rings version of the woman that sings frozen songs.

second wine

I have already had half a bottle of the other wine I reviewed which I wasn’t thrilled with by the end.  From the first sip I can tell I don’t enjoy this wine.  It hurts when it goes down your throat which means it’s probably has a high alcohol percentage.

I have reviewed the label and can inform you that this wine is indeed very alcoholic.  It is 14% alcoholic.

Matt stole all of the chocolate caramel things because he knows I’ll eat them all.  He’s clever.

The wine is working, I am now in a state of drowsiness while also wanting to dance, but there is no music so I won’t.  On this subject, I just got dance central spotlight for the xbox one so that’ll be fun when Melissa gets back from her travels to Mexico.

Oh my god, look at how gay this tree is –

Gay tree

Giirrrrlllll

Matt is annoying and won’t watch things I want to even though I know he’ll like them.

The wine is doing what most wines do, it’s getting better as I drink it, this is the sign of a good quality wine and/or me getting drunker.

I want to leave the living room and do something else now because Matt is now wanting to watch shark vs giant octopus which I’m sure he’s already seen.

This wine isn’t great, I think we should not get taste the difference wines any more.  Matt – don’t buy taste the difference wines they’re not very good.

Whoop Eternal are on.  I wanna be the only one to hold you etc.

I bought a salad today from boots but didn’t eat it, what a waste.  Matt doesn’t ‘get’ Charlie from Busted, the fool.

charlie

FIT

Our housemate Ben went to see McBusted, which I was well jealous of but not to the extent of anger because Charlie wasn’t there.  If he were to have been there Ben would have faced a much angered Adam.

This wine is taking ages to drink.  Ace of base are on the TV which is good, but Matt doesn’t understand what the video has to do with anything.

The wine is making, oh wow steps

 

I rate this wine 1yawning fox

fox