Tonkotsu

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108 reviews
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Welcome to Tonkotsu Bar & Ramen

Our restaurant Tonkotsu is named after the lip-smacking, creamy ramen typical in Kyushu, Japan’s southern-most island, but found all over Japan. Tonkotsu ramen’s smooth, silky consistency is created by cooking pork bones for up to 18 hours, which allows collagen and other porky goodness to be emulsified into the stock.
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OT
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing Ramen, very tasty. Try the Guiness ice-cream miso sandwich, never had anything like it, really nice

JK
London
73 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Went for a bowl of Raman and wasn’t disappointed. Delicious taste, scorching chilli, and friendly service. Will return soon

OT
London
25 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Average food. The ramen was not that great and it ended up costing a lot more than I had expected. There are much better ramen places in London

VV
London
3 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved my Tonkotsu Ramen bowl, great location and great service

OW
London
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was good for the price when we eventually got it! We were given some free drinks to compensate for the delay which was great. Strange that the katsu curry which i'm sure must be a favourite was only available until 5pm? Other than that all good. Not many imaginative veggie options.

l
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

For a quick meal it’s fine. But needed a little more spice and interest to food and more attentive service

L
London
7 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The duck hiyashi ramen was the perfect dish for a hot day, would definitely recommend! The chicken karaage was also perfectly moist and well fried so absolutely delicious. The atmosphere was great for a friend’s’ get-together, not too loud so we were able to comfortably catch up without having to shout across the table at each other. Service was very good, we originally booked a table for 5 but one of my friends ended up not being able to come which I told the waiter when we arrived and he immediately offered us a booth instead. He also brought us water as soon as he’d seated us which was very much needed on a hot summer’s day so very attentive service.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a stellar ramen meal in a relaxed and cozy setting. Food is a bit pricy, but it is quality.

A
London
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I was looking for a good vegetarian ramen and Tonkotsu delivered. Nothing remarkable about the location or service. Good for an easy meal out.

D
London
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

The Ramen had no flavour and was too salty. My friends loved it but for me definitely the worst I’ve tried in London.

l
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Nice food, decent menu. very friendly and helpful staff. fantastic location at the back of the Tate modern.

SW
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, service and ambience was all excellent. And great value for money. Will recommend to friends and will be back!

RL
London
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Restaurant was a little too loud and I would have preferred the option of being seated upstairs, not sure if this was an option?

Other than that, the food was fantastic as always and is one of my favourite eateries currently.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good Tonkotsu ramen.

GD
London
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was good and ambience was okay! They let us charge his phone in the back - which most restaurants do I guess, but then they reminded us when we were about to leave without his phone! :)

H
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and generous portions. Very patient and friendly service.

BW
London
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Delicious ramen. The food here is so worth it and very cheap for how much you get. Only downside is that it was very empty - it was a Wednesday and early but a bit more atmosphere would have been nice!

VP
London
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Menu isn't overlong, which is always a good thing, and it's just all really, really tasty!

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice location near the Tate for a meal nearby. Got the Tonkatsu Ramen & there are nice vegetarian options for my boyfriend as well.

h
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really nice venue with good food and attentive customer service.

L
London
6 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Tasty ramen. Always reliable. They had a Christmas offer which the waiter was a little slow to understand and the bathrooms were not that clean but this is a good option for a quick tasty affordable meal.

l
London
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, wonderful polite kind staff and quick service. The food was so good im thinking about it a week later !!!

V
London
63 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We went here pre Theatre and had a selection of the sides rather than the ramen. The chicken Karage and the gyoza were great. Washed down with a lovely Japanese larger.

SK
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed the ramen, great noodles. Good miso mushroom ramen.

Gyoza not amazing but good.

z
London
24 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 2

Good little caf style Japanese place. Staff friendly, helpful and attentive. Food was good and I would certainly go back if the opportunity arises. Good value.

BW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Very tasty Ramen. Good value. Would recommend for a nice easy weeknight meal.

OT
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great food, friendly staff

CD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Good ramen but it’s not cheap and many mistakes in service - a vegetarian was served shrimp and our order was incorrect. I was then overcharged for a drink!

V
London
63 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent food and good service. Really enjoyed the Gyoza!

LD
London
6 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

The ramen we had were fine, but not really any better than any other ramen at any other Asian food outlet. To be perfectly honest, I didn't think it was all that much better than some of the better instant noodles I've had in the past. Service was good and quick, and the gyoza for starters were nice, but we were underwhelmed by our ramen. Not a bad meal to warm you up on a cold rainy day like we had, but not a massive draw otherwise.

LD
London
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Got there a bit early so had some drinks outside - we were given some free edamame with our drinks. The table didn’t become a available until 15 minutes after our reservation time, but the waiter was amazing, so nice and friendly, and gave us 15% off as a good gesture. I have loved going to tonkotsu for years, but love it even more now!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

First dinner in London was at tonkotsu and we weren’t disappointed!

M
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed the ramen! Delicious gyoza too!!

BS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 24 March 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

I will suggest, whatever you do, if you visit this place, do NOT order the seafood ramen, you might regret it. No further comment.

J
London
4 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very friendly service, lovely food as always, the vegetarian options are just as good as the meat options! Always a good place for dins

S
London
3 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Poor. Had been before for a decent meal but on this occasion many dishes had run out by 8.30pm. understaffed, slow service, wrong orders. Not likely to go back any time soon

g
London
142 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at Tonkotsu on Canvey Street. Nice neighborhood vibe. Ramen special highly recommended and the prawn gyoza delicious. We will definitely be returning.

OT
London
20 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Awesome ramen, simple as that!

r
London
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

For a restaurant that specialises in ramen, Tonkontsu serve up something more like dirty dish water. The ramen is weak in flavour, watery and clear, and was the least enjoyable bowl of ramen I've ever had. The ambiance was also unappealing with an oily smell that sticks to you after leaving, and stark fluorescent lighting that makes the dining area feel clinical. The service was the only thing that we liked about the restaurant, but was the least important aspect to enjoying the dine when the food tasted so bad. I would not return and do not recommend Tonkotsu. There are far better restaurants that do a brilliant job when it comes to perfecting the traditional flavours and textures of ramen, with a warm and moody ambiance.

A
London
21 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Was already familiar with this chain but never tried this branch off the beaten track. Such a pleasant surprise. Great ramen as expected but without the queue for a table. Service was simply excellent - waiter advised on wines too (becoming a rarity in more luxurious restaurants). Recommended!

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