I absolutely love living in Ealing. It’s leafy, full of parks, SO many dog-friendly pubs, but close enough to Central to be part of the action. It’s also full of amazing restaurants that I’m slowly but surely making my way around.
I’ve been particularly excited about the new Dickens Yard development taking form near Bond Street. There’s been an influx of new venues and joining the ranks alongside Charlotte’s W5 and Pasta Remoli is ramen bar Tonkotsu. I LOVE a bowl of ramen, I’d say it’s my food of the moment. Any day, any time. It’s also the best hangover cure to ever exist. I practically lived off the stuff in Thailand. It’s slightly different, but I’ve written about a visit to Phở here.
When I was invited to try out Tonkotsu’s newest offering in Ealing, I jumped at the chance.
The restaurant itself is set out over two floors, and – how cool is this – the bar is made from recycled chopsticks from their other venues! Eco-ol. In terms of seating, there are a tables for larger groups, but if you’re in a couple you may be sat side-by-side at the actual ramen bar in the window, which is fab for casual dining, but perhaps not if you’re looking for a romantic setting.
What did we order?
Pork, ginger & garlic gyoza
A favourite of ours. These were pan-fried to perfection, without that oily ‘stodge’ effect you can often get with dumplings. The fillings were rich and at five pieces per order, they were perfect to share.
Sweet potato korokke
Will loved these. Large balls made up of a crispy outer, with fluffy sweet potato within. Not really my thing, but I have to concede they were very well done.
Pork broth & sea salt base, enriched with lardo. Thinner-cut homemade noodles topped with roast pork belly, bamboo shoots, bean sprouts, spring onions, burnt garlic oil and seasoned egg
This was my choice. The entire bowl was heaven. At Tonkotsu, the noodles are cooked for exactly 32 seconds. Apparently, this the ample amount of time to get the perfect medium bite. I would tend to agree – no soggy noodles here! The pork was melt-in-the-mouth, with plenty of it to last the meal through. The broth was something else. A milky, creamy taste which left my lips luxuriously sticky. I think this must have something to do with the added lardo. It felt indulgent but enriching at the same time. The seasoned egg was done to perfection, flavourful and colourful.
Chicken broth & soy sauce base. Classic homemade noodles topped with marinated & braised pork belly, pork scratchings, bamboo shoots, spring onions and seasoned egg.
William’s choice (the pork scratchings swayed it!). This broth was clear, with a fantastic piece of rippled pork belly laid on top. I had a taste; this bowl was a little lighter than mine, but I’d be hard pressed to choose between them if I ordered again.
The restaurant had Soho vibes, I almost forgot I was in W5. There are hanging plants everywhere and decent music, enough for an ambient beat but not so much as to cause distraction. The service was fab – very attentive and the staff aren’t afraid to chat and have a joke with the customers which is important.
Tonkotsu also has a lunch menu which includes a small ramen and side for only £9.95, which means I’ll definitely be going back when I need a quick writing break.
Where is it?
14 New Broadway, London W5 2XA
How do I book?
Have a nosey at the menu on the website and call 020 8810 1414!