Hot on the heels of the recently launched restaurant in Peckham, ramen masters Tonkotsu are to open a new site in the heart of Shoreditch on Friday October 25th. Bringing its signature ramen bowls, gyoza, and infamous chicken kara-age to Shoreditch for the first time, the new opening will be Tonkotsu’s eleventh site in London, with another at Selfridges in Birmingham.
Located in a brand-new building on New Inn Yard, a stone’s throw from Shoreditch High Street, Tonkotsu Shoreditch has been designed with Moreno Massey Architecture. A modern design featuring patterned tiles, polished concrete and wood accents, the restaurant will also house a huge light installation made from 1,600 recycled bamboo Tonkotsu chopsticks.
Having launched in Soho in 2012 by co-founders Ken Yamada and Emma Reynolds, Tonkotsu was at the forefront of London’s ramen craze. As with all its restaurants, at the heart of the new Tonkotsu Shoreditch will be its signature ramen bowls which have been central to its success from day one. Each bowl is still made with Tonkotsu’s own fresh noodles, of which there are three different types, made in-house daily using mid-century machines imported from Tokyo. Then there’s the stocks, also made from scratch each day, simmering for hours to get the maximum flavour into each bowl of ramen.
The menu at Tonkotsu Shoreditch will feature the signature Tonkotsu ramen, a rich and creamy pork and lardo broth with thin-cut noodles, and topped with roast pork belly, bamboo shoots, bean sprouts, spring onions, burnt garlic oil and a seasoned egg. Other favourites include the Chilli Chicken Ramen – a chicken and sea salt broth pimped up with Tonkotsu’s addictive Eat the Bits Chili Oil – and the vegan Mushroom Miso ramen. All soups can be customised with extra toppings such as kimchi or the new spicy scotch bonnet hot shot.
No visit to Toknotsu would be complete without a few plump, juicy gyoza and Tonkotsu Shoreditch will be serving up freshly steamed batches of the classic pork, ginger and garlic, as well as king prawn, and shiitake and ginger. Tonkotsu’s chicken kara-age is some of the best fried chicken in London and it will feature on the Shoreditch menu alongside Eat the Bits Chilli chicken wings and other sides such as the new squid and prawn popcorn, and the padron pepper and okura tempura with matcha salt.
A short drinks menu includes a sake made especially for the restaurant by the Tsuji Brewery in Okayama, and a custom Shimoda Session Pale Ale made by Magic Rock Brewing. The drinks line up is completed by Japanese whiskey, beers, wines, and cocktails, as well as a range of low alcohol options, soft drinks, and teas.
Tonkotsu Shoreditch will be opening its doors to the public from 6pm on Friday 25th October. To celebrate, all Ramen and Hiyashi bowls from the main menu will be just £5 until 31st October. Bargain!