Tonkotsu

4.1
86 reviews
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£25 and under
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Japanese
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  • Casual
  • Authentic
  • Pre/post Theatre
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Japanese
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Hours of Operation
Mon–Fri 17:00–22:00
Sat 12:00–22:00
Sun 12:00–21:00
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Phone number
020 7928 2228
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AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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What 86 People Are Saying
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3.9
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V
London
56 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.

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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.

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z
London
23 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.

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BW
London
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

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

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Kent
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great food, friendly staff

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OT
London
1 review
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!

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

Excellent food and good service. Really enjoyed the Gyoza!

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JV
Bristol
4 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.

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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!

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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!

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

Enjoyed the ramen! Delicious gyoza too!!

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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.

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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

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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

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g
London
125 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.

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

Awesome ramen, simple as that!

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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.

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A
London
16 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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K
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So delicious! Had a lovely evening with friends, left very full and happy!

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Would go very soon

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2017
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

They were unaware of our booking, which was made through open table

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M
London
23 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Tonkotsu Ramen are a solid option. We tried some of the starters too and they were very good!

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G
London
3 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2017
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Very underwhelming food. The ramen broth tasted more of fat than anything else. Korean chicken wings were over battered. There are better ramen places.

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T
London
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing handmade ramen dish! 100% recomended. Amber Japanese beer is very good as well ( caramel flavour ).

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B
London
14 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was as good as other Tonkotsu outlets, although the atmosphere is a little cold.

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K
London
10 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very quiet for a Friday night. Not much choice for food (mainly ramen) but they were lovely and perfect for a cold winter evening. Would be good if the chicken kastu curry can be extended for dinner.

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OT
London
7 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2016
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great standard - and genuine in terms of similarity to Ramen in Japan! The only downside was there was an unpleasant smell of grease - which I'd expect at fast food places, not a restaurant.

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SM
Calgary
23 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2016
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Good ramen! However did not receive my dining points !!

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Kent
4 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2016
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

I liked the ambiance. The service was good, too. The menu is quite limited and the servings very small for the price. I went expecting to discover an nice, new place which is very conveniently located. I am unlikely to return, unfortunately.

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m
London
26 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2015
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

This restaurant has now closed down, do not book here

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M
London
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2015
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Quite how opentable can accept and confirm a booking for a restaurant that is closed is beyond me

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A
London
54 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2014
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

I truly love Tsuru's chicken katsu curry. I think it is the best in London - The chicken is so crispy and it doesn't lie in the sauce when they bring, soaking and getting soft. The only thing with Tsuru is that it is more a during work week lunch spot and take away, than a nice restaurant. The thight katsu is so moist, but when we were there, they were out of it, as well as the pork and other things. Shame, if it opened a proper restaurant, I am sure it would do well. Until then, I am just happy to eat delicious katsu in an non-super-nice-restaurant kind of way.

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q
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2014
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Their food is really nice, and so as the service. It is not really that expensive, but eat-in is quite a rip-off. Take away will be much better.

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CH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2014
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 2

Took our 3 children for a Sat night treat. Heart sank when we arrived and the place was empty and looked closed. But the waitress was exceptional, made us feel really welcome, especially the children. Food was well prepared, prompt and there was enough of it. Although we arrived early it stayed fairly empty all evening. But the friendly service made this a real winner for the family.
Suspect it's location makes this place a better visit for an informal weekday lunch.

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BP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2014
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I booked a dinner reservation through toptable for this restaurant and received confirmation. I called the restaurant that evening, however and they told me they do not accept TopTable reservations. Apparently the only way they will take/honour a reservation is if you call the restaurant directly. They were unable to accommodate my friend and I that evening despite us making a reservation through TopTable. Very disappointing.

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m
London
3 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2013
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

The food was pretty good and I couldn't fault the service. The size of the restaurant certainly makes it more of a business/friendly lunch type of place rather than a dinner place (seating arrangement had high stools and benchlike tables), but regardless of that, the food was pretty good, and great value!

The only other thing I could say is that it was rather quiet when I went (it was only us there at 7pm!) but it picked up a little bit a little later on.

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l
London
31 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2013
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

My friend and I notice straight away we were the only ones eating in while everyone there had used the take-away menu (take away menu slightly cheaper). We ordered the salmon & avocado uramaki, fresh crab & avocado uramaki and salmon teriyaki. Both salmon dishes were delicious. Crab was so fresh it still had shell mixed in with the flesh and we learnt the hard way by choking on it while eating it. Next time I'll use the take out option.

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KB
London
5 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2013
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We went for the curry option here, which was really tasty and plentiful. To start we had octopus dumplings, which were also great and i was really impressed when the manager came out and apologized for the delay to the starter (which wasn't really delayed anyway) and explained that the chef wasn't happy with his first attempt so he was doing them again.

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c
London
113 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2013
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

food is very good value for money but location is difficult to find

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e
London
6 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2013
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

I went there and had a curry katsu pork rice and mochi ice cream. The highlight was the curry, it had a very nice velvety texture with a bit of spicyness. The carrots and potatoes were cooked till they were soft but i could still bite into them. Those were perfect for me. However, the pork katsu batter was not as crispy as I had expected. The mochi skin was also slightly too thick for my liking.

The two waitress there were extremely friendly, they were helpful and had big smiles all the time.

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